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05/14/2013 08:10 am ET

GPS Guide: M.J. Ryan's Tricks For Keeping Her Cool

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The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

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In her GPS Guide below, M.J. Ryan, author of "The Power of Patience: How This Old-Fashioned Virtue Can Improve Your Life," explores a couple of ways she finds calm when she feels she's about to blow a fuse. Check out her guide then let us know in the comments: How do you seek patience?

1. I leave the room when I’ve lost my patience with someone so I don’t make matters worse. I say, “I need to calm down,” then I go and do some deep breathing in another room till I’m ready to re-engage in a positive way.

2. When I am stuck in traffic, I use the red lights to remind me to take three deep breaths, relax all my muscles, and remind myself that I will get there on time. This helps me stay out of fight or flight and engage my patience.

M.J. Ryan's GPS Guide: Evoking Patience

Best-selling author M.J. Ryan is one of the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Power of Patience, This Year I Will…How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True, Attitudes of Gratitude, and many other books. She works as an executive coach to individuals and teams around the world. Her website is www.mj-ryan.com.

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