Winning the Waiting Game

Patience is not just the ability to wait -it's how we behave while we're waiting.  Joyce Meyer

Waiting can be unbearable, especially when you are fearing the worst.  

Whether you are sitting in a waiting room and dreading what the doctor has to tell you, waiting by the phone to hear news about a loved one far away who has been in an accident, or just going crazy waiting to find out about a job or college application, coping with that sense of fear and uncertainty can seem impossible.  Though there are an amazing number of books and articles about how to handle most kinds of stress, information about how to deal with the stress of waiting for bad news seems strangely hard to come by.   While some research suggests that being forced to wait to hear bad news can be even more stressful than being bluntly told that someone has cancer or failed to get a hoped-for job,  the health consequences of that kind of stress are just beginning to be understood.

But is this kind of stress inevitable? Or are there better ways of waiting that can prevent the enormous stress that comes from waiting for uncertain news?

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.

           

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