Dealing with Frustration

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Dealing with Frustration

There are many frustrations in life. Frustration is a frustrating emotion. It can be as simple as losing your keys or worrying about failure to achieve a goal. People will avoid situations that could lead to frustration because of its unpleasant nature. Many of the things that we really want, such as joy, victory, triumph, and purpose, require a lot of frustration. It is possible to be happy and positive in difficult situations by being able to handle frustrations.

istockphoto xWhat is frustration?

Frustration can be a feeling that people feel when they are angry or upset. Frustration is a natural reaction to situations beyond your control.

When our plans fail, our efforts are not rewarded, or when we expect too little from ourselves, then we get frustrated. Frustration is a natural and automatic reaction to things not going as we expected or as planned. We feel like running into walls.

How to deal with frustration

Are you easily frustrated when things don’t go as planned? Are you prone to shouting, screaming, stomping your feet, pulling your hair and screaming? If you feel frustrated, it could be because you are being prevented from doing something due to your own limitations and barriers. This means that you are the cause of your frustration and you only have the power to change it. Although frustration may seem unpleasant on the surface, it can actually be a motivator and a way to stimulate your imagination. Here are six ways to cope with frustration

To manage frustration effectively, it is important to understand the root causes. Frustration can be caused by results that do not match the effort or actions you take. Frustration is when your actions produce less than you expect. This is a simple truth, but it can be a key step in solving frustrating problems.

Ten Ways to Get Rid of Frustration

1. Recognise your triggers and act with intention, not reactively to your circumstances

Strong emotions should not be confused with a warning sign. Take a step back, take a moment to think about the situation, then reflect on your feelings and acknowledge them. This way, you can control your emotions and be resilient.

2. You can tell the truth by separating fact from fiction.

Intentions are not visible. They are based on the behaviour of others. We make them up, or in other words, we create them. However, our imagined stories about the intentions of other people are less accurate than we think. Why is this? Because intentions are complex, just like everything else in difficult conversations. Sometimes people act with mixed motives. Sometimes, they act without intention or with little to no connection to us. Sometimes they act with good intentions but it hurts us.

3. Meditate

To deal with frustration, you must notice what you are feeling. It’s not easy to recognise frustration. Sometimes we get angry at our loved ones, not realising we are stuffed up with frustration. Meditation is one way to improve your ability to recognise frustration. Meditation will help you become more aware of your body’s feelings and sensations. This allows you to notice when frustration is coming up and take steps to reduce it, rather than blaming others. Meditation helps you to be more aware of your present moment. Meditation may be beneficial if you have a tendency to get angry or are having trouble at work because of anger issues.

4. Even if it is uncomfortable at the beginning, learn to have important conversations

What do you do if you feel frustrated by another person? A boss who is constantly telling you what you should do, a senior manager who asserts their authority, a product team member who can’t decide on a feature, or a client who wants you to agree to unreasonable timelines? You can complain about the behaviour of others and still avoid the solution.

Difficult conversations can be uncomfortable, no doubt. As a species, we are taught to avoid conflict because it is against our instincts of fight-or flight. We can reduce frustration at work by having calm, productive discussions.

5. Positive visualisation is key

We don’t want positive visualisation to sound too woo-woo. Although it can seem impossible to imagine yourself as a billionaire living on a sandy beach, with no worries in the world, deep down you realise that this is possible. Millionaires tend to have more stress than they need. Positive visualisation can be a great way to calm down your frustrations. Visualisations are meant to help you shift your attention to something else in order to deal with frustration.

6. Change the tone of your thoughts

Negative thinking will not solve your frustration. It can help you change your thinking process and get out of frustration. Are you prone to thinking negative thoughts and falling down rabbit holes? This one thought can grow into something so overwhelming that you have no control over it. It’s so frustrating! You can say every positive mantra you want, but it won’t help.

7. Instead of looking for problems, look for solutions.

We often focus too much on the problem when we are frustrated. If you notice that the problem is getting worse, make a list of all possible solutions. This will help you to remember that the problem can be fixed. You can also fix frustration.

8. Distract yourself

There are two types of frustrated people in the world: those who ruminate and those who act. People who dwell on small problems can make them seem huge. Those who act quickly by distracting themselves often move on. It’s important that you distract yourself from the frustration of something. You could play an anxiety relief game, do some exercise, or simply watch a TV show. Talking to a friend about your problem can only lead to more ruminating. It doesn’t matter if someone agrees with you, but you do need someone to help you let go. Every problem doesn’t need to be fought. This includes a battle with others, but also your own mind.

Last Thoughts

Frustration can be temporary. You can use the strategies listed above to manage frustration. This feeling will come back in a different context. Meditation can help you become more aware of your feelings before they get out of control. Meditation can help you to manage your frustrations on a long-term level so they don’t have a negative impact on your mood, or your day. You can also use exercise to release your frustrations and help you deal with them. You can manage your frustrations safely and effectively by writing them out, focusing on solutions, distracting yourself, or trying any of these ideas. May you find peace.

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