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Hotline Roundup: Our Question. Your Answers.    

Hotline Roundup: Our Question. Your Answers.

We created The Local Optimist Hotline as a way to get to know you and hear about the issues you’re experiencing in real time and to provide real answers from a real person. While the Hotline is a great way to connect one-on-one, many of the topics, concerns, and advice that are shared there are also helpful to others. This Hotline Roundup is a place to share some of what we’ve heard and learned so that more people can benefit from seeing how others respond to similar challenges.

This month, we’re mixing things up a little bit. Instead of our Mental Health Lead Meadow answering your questions, we asked the question “How do you practice patience?” and wanted to share some of your incredible answers.

Remember: if you have questions for the Hotline, or want to receive mental health prompts and reminders, make sure to text us here.

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How do you practice patience? 

Just do it 

Whether through coping mechanisms or a simple grin-and-bear-it approach, many of you try to move through experiences, instead of against them, as a way of improving patience.

  • “By remembering that the very thing trying your patience will pass. My older sister had autism and OCD, and I remind her that her emotions are like the weather, temporary. I think it applies to a lot of things that cause impatience! Think of things like clouds and watch them float away.”
  • “As funny as it sounds, by being patient. Nothing to it but to do it. Difficult at times but do-able.”
  • “Imagining how I'll feel about a situation after I move past it.”
  • “I listen, journal and walk away at times. Deep breaths.”
  • “Accepting what the present moment has to offer.”

Walk in someone else’s shoes 

Practicing empathy and seeing things from other perspectives was another common answer. If you find this difficult, try relating to the emotions, not the circumstances, someone is experiencing. While we don’t all go through the same events, we have all felt frustrated, lost, or upset at times.

  • “Through self-awareness.”
  • “Putting myself in someone else’s circumstances.”

Listen. Really listen  

When it comes to holding space for others, active listening is key. If you find yourself more focused on what you’ll say next, take a deep breath and remember that the goal is to understand someone else, not just to share your side. 

  • “Being mindful of actually listening when people speak instead of jumping to reply or talk back.”

Keep an open mind

Fostering curiosity is another great way to develop patience. If we think we know it all, then we’ll be less inclined to discover new things. But if we view every situation as an opportunity for development and growth, then we’ll be more tolerant and patient with new viewpoints and approaches. 

  • “I think patience is something we're constantly learning and thus growing with. Be open to other's ideas of what patience even is, and how they themselves practice what they preach.” 
  • “For me, patience comes from understanding. Understanding my reactions and my ways of thinking first and then being able to recognize that not everyone else thinks the same way I do. A simple mindful pause before reacting or saying something can make the difference.”

Or don’t

A lot of folks said that they don’t practice patience. And that is a very valid answer. Patience is hard! That’s why we call it a practice. If your patience isn’t where you want it to be, that’s okay. Hopefully, some of the strategies above can help. If you need more ideas, hit us up on the Hotline.

Keep the conversation going by commenting on this story below. You can also connect with us about whatever’s on your mind by texting The Local Optimist Hotline at 310.299.9414.