Being frustrated is, well, frustrating! It stinks when things don’t go your way, especially when the reasons are beyond your control. Being consistently frustrated is not good…and that applies to both body and mind. Being in a state of high anxiety can be good for a short period; with our senses and emotions heightened, we are sometimes in a better position to deal with emergency or “fight or flight” situations. However, being constantly frustrated is not beneficial in any way. It can damage interpersonal relationships and take a toll on you as a person.
Do you find yourself becoming frustrated more and more often? Here are some suggestions that can help you to overcome this common, but troubling, state:
Avoid Things (and People) That Trigger You
Are there certain events or individuals that consistently leave you feeling frustrated? If so, do your best to avoid them. This can be tricky and awkward to pull off, but it is worth the effort and occasional embarrassment. There are times when it is fine (and even advisable) to put yourself first, and this is one of them.
Make Some Changes
This is a good time to think about what does and does not work in your life. The latter are guaranteed to make you feel frustrated, so what can be done to change them? There are some things in life that cannot be fixed and those will require some alternative strategy. However, for ones that can be altered, get to work on that. Be patient – change can sometimes require time, but is usually always worth the investment.
Sometimes when you are at the height of frustration, it becomes nearly impossible to think rationally. When that is the case, taking any kind of action is a bad idea because it will likely just make things worse. Walk away and think about the situation once you have calmed down. You will be in a better place and more likely to come up with something that works.