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 Christopher Lootens, PhD, who teaches clinical psychology at High Point University in North Carolina. “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
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Dr. Lootens says effects of impatience can cause labored breathing, increased muscle tension, verbal or nonverbal hostility, and more. He suggests using coping methods to “reverse” that behavior in the moment. “This would include relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, or pleasant imagery,” he says. Try these tips to help your body fight stress.