Waiting for a text is incredibly anxiety-inducing, but it’s important to approach this situation with patience, calmness, and understanding.
Here are some things to keep in mind and things you can do while you wait for a text back:
Nothing good can come from you sitting around on your phone, waiting for the notification that they’ve finally texted you. It’s just going to make you feel more impatient, more on edge, and overthinking the worst. Instead of waiting for the little message bubbles to pop up, distract yourself. Put your phone down. Read a book, go for a walk, watch your favorite movie, get a meal with friends. Do something that will not only keep you busy but will bring you a sense of peace and joy too.
Remain calm and stay patient.
It’s natural to feel anxious. And it’s not easy to just turn off that part of your brain and “relax.” Try to remain calm and not jump to conclusions, assuming the worst. Take a deep breath. People have various reasons for not responding immediately, and it may have nothing to do with you. Stay patient. They’ll reply when they’re ready to.
Set realistic expectations.
As mentioned above, the response time might have nothing to do with you. Not everyone communicates in the same way: some people are quick with replies, others think they’ve responded in their heads and forget to reply, and others reply in a timely manner. It’s important to not expect them to reply and communicate in the same way you do. Consider their perspective and consider what priorities and responsibilities are ahead of texting you back. Be patient and be more understanding of the fact that
It’s easy to overanalyze every aspect of the situation. You’re overanalyzing whether or not you said the right thing. You’re overanalyzing what they could be doing and why they’re not messaging you back. Remember that people have their own lives and schedules. There’s always a reason for the delay, so be kinder to yourself and try to avoid the overthinking spiral.