It’s easier on your heart
In general, those with “Type A” personality and people who have high levels of hostility are both thought to possess low levels of patience, says clinical psychologist Dr Christopher Lootens. “Findings have indicated that people in either of those groups have significantly increased risk of heart disease, suggesting a link between patience and decreased heart risks,” Dr Lootens says.
It relaxes your body and mind
Dr Lootens says effects of impatience can cause laboured breathing, increased muscle tension, verbal or nonverbal hostility, and more. He suggests using coping methods to “reverse” that behaviour in the moment. “This would include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, or pleasant imagery,” he says.
Reframe your thinking
For example, if you become impatient while waiting in line at the supermarket, Dr Lootens suggests that you take a look around and recognise that everyone has to wait and let this become part of your thought process. Say to yourself, “I’d love to be served immediately, but that isn’t always realistic. I’ll be fine if I have to wait five minutes.”