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Relax: Slowing Down to Support Your Recovery

Patience is key. We all know this. That doesn’t mean that we’re all great at being patient, however. Patience takes time and lots of practice. We have to actively practice patience for it to become second-nature to us. Only then will we be able to “step back and let things happen in their own time,” says Annika Rose, writer for Wellness Journal magazine. A a result, Rose explains that “we can enjoy an amazing sense of calm and relaxation.”

Patience helps us slow things down and supports our recovery and general wellbeing. The more patient we are, the better we will become at going with the flow and enjoying life as it comes. Continue reading to learn more about how you can slow things down in your life.

Slow Down

Rose tells the reader that there are many resources available to learn how to practice patience. There are countless books on the topic, as well as educational pieces online. Rose even looks to life to learn about the benefits of patience, stating “Through patience food grows, experiences unfold, healing transpires and deep connections are formed.” Additionally, Rose explains that those who consistently practice the art of slowing down tend to “embrace the enjoyment of the full experience, knowing that calmly moving past the setbacks will lead to a greater sense of appreciation in the end.” Practicing patience can work wonders on your brain and body, too. According to Rose, research shows that “people who are patient suffer from fewer ailments such as headaches, mouth ulcers, tummy troubles, and insomnia.”

It’s All About Attitude

In order to practice patience, we must first lower our expectations around instant gratification. We cannot expect everything to come together for us immediately and all at once. Willingness to wait for things and accept setbacks is crucial. Therefore, your attitude while waiting for things to come to fruition can make all the difference. Are you content with waiting? Or, do you resent having to wait for things you want? Try not to be frustrated with waiting. Focus on being patient and having a good attitude while you wait.

How Can You Practice Patience?

Rose gives three starting points to begin actively practicing patience:

  1. “Consciously respond to life’s little ups and downs.”
  2. Use patience to help you achieve your long-term goals.”
  3. “In moments of impatience, start to relax your body from your head down to your toes.”

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you practice slowing down. Recovery is a journey that takes time and dedication. Not everything will come all at once. Learning to stay present, cope with challenges, and learn from setbacks is crucial. Our experienced staff has worked with countless individuals as they navigate these issues and we’re confident we can help you, too. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We look forward to speaking with you!