I’m a mildly anxious person. I get stressed easily. I can get into a negative mood and nothing can shake it. Sometimes this spills over into my home life and I show my ugliest feelings to those I love the most. Yelling at the kids, collapsing at the end of the day exhausted, worrying about something slight, feeling depressed because I haven’t seen the sun in more than 10 days. You get the idea.
This year I promised myself I would make big changes. Instead of my usual list of New Year’s Resolutions, this year I made a tiny list. Only two things were on it. I figured two things are easier to tackle than a list of twelve right?!
My simple resolution list looks like this:
1. Be more positive.
2. Be more patient.
Or to simplify even further, this year I will practice positive patience. I like the sound of it. Positive Patience. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed out by fighting kids, annoyed at spilled orange juice, questioning everything, I will remind myself to be positive – everything will be ok, it always works out in the end, this too shall pass. I will remind myself to be patient – yelling only makes me feel guilty afterwards, staying calm feels good, they are growing up so fast.
If you’re feeling a bit lost this new year or just looking for an easy tweak to your normal routine, practice positive patience. I’m no self-help expert on anyone but myself, but this is my prescription. Try it and let me know if it works for you. Then maybe I can write a self-help book….