Do you feel frustrated when your expectations aren’t being met?
Frustration can’t be avoided entirely, but it can be effectively managed.
Frustration isn’t enjoyable, but it can have positive benefits.
It’s a sign that you believe you should be doing better.
It’s also a sign that what you’re currently doing isn’t working.
However, frustration can also stop you in your tracks.
Try These Techniques to Handle the Frustration in Your Life Like a Pro
- Focus on the Progress You’ve Made. Frustration grows if you remind yourself of how far you are from your objective. Celebrate the progress you’ve made so far. Constant improvement is the surest road to success. Avoid frustration by keeping your focus on the positive.
- Give Yourself More Time Than You Think You Require. Whether you’re moving to a new home or learning to speak French, it always takes longer than planned. Get started early, so even if you end up having a rough week, you’ll still have time to catch up.
- Remain Rooted in the Present Moment. The present moment is perfect as it is. It’s only when your mind wanders forward or backward in time that frustration can set in.
- Learn the Causes of Your Frustration. Individual situations and people can trigger frustration. Make a list of those triggers. Is it possible to avoid those people and situations? Is there a way to work around them? If you’re unable to avoid a trigger, prepare yourself and resolve that you’ll maintain your composure.
- Have Reasonable Expectations of Others. Maybe you’re expecting too much from others, and it’s causing much of the frustration in your life. People are unpredictable, but their past behaviour can be a good indicator of how they’ll behave in the future.
- Write About It. Instead of churning over the events in your mind, write down your thoughts. Take your time and list everything in your life that you find frustrating. Read each item, take a deep breath, and relax. By the time you reach the end, you’ll feel better.
- Remember the Times You’ve Been Frustrated in the Past. Consider the times you were frustrated in your teen years. They all seem silly now. You’ll likely feel the same way about your current issues 15 years from now. Instead of waiting a decade or more to “get over it” why not choose to feel better today?
- Take Responsibility. It feels more natural to blame others, but you’re falling into a trap. If someone else is to blame, you give up your power to alter the situation. By accepting responsibility, you can still turn the situation around.
- Make Your List of Ways to Get Over Your Frustration. The best ideas will come from you! Make a list of 25 ways you can either prevent frustration or lessen it. Consider your average day and the frustrations you’re likely to face. What can you do to have a better day? Start writing.
- Take Advantage of Your Frustration. Frustration isn’t entirely negative. It can stimulate your imagination. It’s also a sign that you believe you should be doing better. You might even find that your ability to focus and find solutions is enhanced.
Everyone experiences frustration regularly. Mine shows up when I’m driving, almost every time.
The key is to manage your frustration and use it to your advantage.
Frustration is a sign that a new approach is needed.
Use your creative abilities to find a solution.
Examine the frustration you’re currently experiencing and develop strategies to avoid or minimize it.
I hope you found a tip or two to assist you the next time you find yourself frustrated.
With Love & Good Health
For more great tips, you can read How to Break the Cycle of Anxiety and Enjoy Social Situations