National "Slow Down Day" is Monday, May 5th.  In our hectic, fast-paced world, it's easy to become impatient when things don't happen as quickly as we'd like them to.

There's help in the new book "The Power of Patience: How to Slow Down the Rush and Enjoy More Happiness, Success, and Peace of Mind Every Day."

Author M.J. Ryan offers these exercises to help slow you down and enjoy your life:

  • Go on a mental vacation.  When you find yourself tensed up, visualize yourself in the tropics or the Alps--any place you find relaxing.
  • Enjoy the experience.  Even while doing chores, get into the pleasure of the experience, instead of rushing through it.
  • Seek practical solutions.  If something irritates you, find an easy way to fix it.
  • Use the "pebble-in-the-pocket" trick.  When you start to feel irritated, move a pebble from one pocket to the other to interrupt the anger cycle, which will give you a chance to regroup your thoughts and emotions.
  • Ask for help.  Overload causes stress.  Since there's no prize at the end of your life for doing too much, ask for help from others.
  • Use inspirations.  Find a quote that you like and paste it on your bathroom mirror or in your car.  When you feel hurried and hectic, use it as a patience pill.
  • Encourage others to be patient too.  Instead of complaining, strike up a conversation while standing in line.  Time will fly and you may meet someone interesting.