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Effective Ways to Overcome your Frustration


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Posted On: Jun 16, 2015

Overcome Frustration Tips

Feeling frustrated with things that are happening in your life can be one of the most destructive emotions if you allow it to take over. People become frustrated when they are in situations they have no control over. Whether it’s something as mundane as a traffic jam or a major life event, everyone has experienced some degree of frustration. However, not everyone handles feelings of frustration in the same way. Some people really let those feelings get under their skin, while others find effective ways to deal with the frustration. While it’s not advisable to ignore these feelings—you’ll have to deal with them at one point or another—there are a few healthy ways to deal with frustration.


  1. Meditate. Meditation is an excellent way to get in touch with your feelings and release negative energy. You don’t need to be a particularly spiritual person to take advantage of the benefits of meditation. Just consider the benefits of being in a quiet place, taking deep breaths and relaxing. If you need a helping hand, try looking online for guided meditation sessions.
  2. Take a walk. Surely one of the oldest and most time-tested methods for changing your mood, taking a walk is a great distraction that can help you think clearly about what you are dealing with. Taking a brisk walk gets you out in the open and gets your blood pumping just enough to help you feel energized to look at new solutions for your problems.

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  1. Exercise. If you’re up for getting your blood pumping a bit more, try jogging or hitting the gym. Exercise releases endorphins that can change your mood. Sometimes a brighter disposition is all you need to see the light on the other side of the tunnel, or at least a glimmer of hope.
  2. Talk with a friend. More often than not, people fail to realize that they are keeping all of their feelings of frustration bottled up inside when a close friend would be happy to listen. Call up an old friend and explain what you want to talk out so that they are prepared for the conversation. Sometimes just hearing yourself explain the situation to a friend helps you better understand it yourself.
  3. Write a letter to yourself. Or a journal, or a poem, or whatever. Just like talking with a friend, watching yourself explain the situation can help you see it in a whole new light. Writing about your feelings can also be a great follow-up after talking with a friend, especially if you didn’t have a chance to talk about the particularly personal aspects of your frustrations.
  4. Clean the house. Channel your energy into doing all of the cleaning tasks that we all avoid, like scrubbing the grout between the shower tiles and cleaning out the refrigerator. While cleaning is more of a distraction than a real solution, just like exercise it will help you focus your frustrations of real-world, solvable problems like removing the dust from the paddles on the ceiling fan.