A lot of great posts here! I agree with taking care of personal needs: hunger, thirst, sleep, etc It really can make all the difference. And as Dorothy posted asking Christ to BE your patience.
I have noticed that just as projects run over time/budget, the daily tasks of life take probably double the time we plan; due to constuction, accidents, slow drivers, someone who has coupons, but can’t find them, or any combo of reasons.
Ask yourself is it really the end of the world if this lady in front of me can’t find her money? Or wants to question the prices, etc.? Ask yourself, will it matter next week or even tomorrow?
I know a woman who took care of her parents who were in their 90s. They lived with her. I asked her how she stayed so patient and joyful as their caregiver. She said she did it out of love for them because they were such wonderful parents to her and she said she never lost patience because she said she came to terms with the fact that they will go through 12 adult disposable under garments per day and that every task would take longer. She did not try to change it/fight it. She said it was a reality and just accepted it!
A sense of humour helps too. My 90 yr old Grandma had always had a reputation for getting things done at lightening speed. It was common for her to use phrases like ; “No horse *****ing around” which meant sticking with the task at hand in a timely fashion. She had diabetes, arthritis, and both hips replaced over the years and was eventually using a walker. I asked her, “How’s it going, Grandma?” Her response,“Damn slow!” with a chuckle.
God bless you! I will pray for you!