We are all familiar with the feeling of frustration, whether resulting from our inability to achieve a goal or someone’s failure to meet our needs. Dealing with frustration starts with recognizing what triggers this feeling and using the proper techniques to overcome it.
The common triggers for frustration include waiting in check out line, traffic jam or difficult homework. After knowing your triggers, the next step is to avoid them whenever possible. For example, get up and take a break from school assignment or difficult work, if you feel an outbreak of frustration, or keep your phone on silent to work without disruption.
Try stress- management breathing; this focused conscious breathing can help you avoid impulsive actions. Take a deep breath before you act out of frustration or anger. People can be frustrating, unfair and self- centered; you can never control their behavior but you can control your reaction.
For instance, if you have a friend who is not punctual and always late for everything, then you have to adjust your expectation of your friend and avoid putting your friend in situations where punctuality is an issue.
Frustration is a stressor, which can make you act impulsively and aggressively, so before you insult someone or make a rude gesture, stop and check that your response is not excessive and ask yourself “Can I express my concerns without hostility?”
Consider frustration a delayed success rather than failure because how you frame your situation affects your emotions and reaction. If you view your situation as a setback that you will get over, you make it easier for yourself to overcome frustration. Developing new hobbies, changing your routine or even learning how to make your own clothing, soap, bread, etc. can help you with long- term frustration.