No I’m not talking about the Guns n Roses song, as good as it is!
What is patience?
The Oxford Dictionary meaning is:
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
Sounds easy doesn’t it?!
We all know it isn’t the case, so how can we learn to use it?
The answer isn’t that easy and if I could answer it succinctly I think I’d be rich.
You’ve undoubtedly read my recent article about back pain issues in my house and unfortunately they’ve flared up again. It is frustrating. Regular treatment is working. The prescribed exercises are being done. Training is being modified, everything is being done as instructed yet it isn’t back (pardon the pun) to where it should be.
Needless to say someone is feeling frustrated. With that comes annoyance, anxiety and even the feeling of inadequacy. When we can’t do what we are used to doing or what we want to do it is tough!
This happens so often with all of us whether it’s injury, illness or recovery from a medical procedure. Trust in the advice from your health professional. They know the best way to help you and that is why we do what we do.
My patient has almost lost his patience a few times but he understands that the process can take a while and he will get better.