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Wellbeing Wisdom Tiny Bites - Are We There Yet?

When you were a child, riding in the back seat of the family car on a long trip, did you utter the words parents dread?

“Are we there yet?”

I grew up in the time before portable screens – no smart phones, no tablets, no DVD players mounted in the ceiling of the car, and my brothers and I found ourselves in the back seat on long drives often. Mom was good at giving us games to play to distract us and help pass the time, yet inevitably one of the three of us would get bored and begin asking, “are we there yet?”

That feeling of boredom mixed with impatience to arrive at the destination can quickly devolve into anxiety and stress, and it’s as true for adults as it is for children stuck in the back seat. The unknown of how long something will take is inherently stressful, and learning to soothe yourself in the face of the unknown is a skill worth honing.

When you’re in that place of wondering when something will happen, soothe yourself with phrases like “it will unfold and I’m able to deal with the unfolding,” or “all in good time” or “it takes as long as it takes and I’m not in control of the timing.” Finding words to soothe yourself helps you stay focused on the journey, not the destination.

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