It happens. You do things and get frustrated when they don’t turn out how you want them. When you don’t get what you want and want what you don’t have, it’s frustrating. Like a growling tiger or bear, you strike out at whoever is in front of you, making a bad situation worse.
Frustration is a motivation blocker. Once motivation is blocked, there is no desire to accomplish. That puts your frustration on the fast track to hell, but before the frustration demons completely surface and destroy you, there are some techniques you can employ.
Acceptance. I know it’s easier said than done, but once you accept that you are frustrated, stop what you are doing and do something else. Separate yourself from the situation, rethink about solutions without being in the middle of frustration. Getting distance gives you a new perspective.
Talk About It. Confide in a trustworthy friend or colleague and share your feelings. They may have gone through a similar situation with the perfect solution. It’s easier for someone else to give advice when it doesn’t involve them. Sometimes pearls of wisdom come from where you least expect them.
Don’t Think of Yourself As a Failure. Doing is taking action. Not doing is failing. Even if what you do doesn’t warrant your results, you still took action to do. Like the great alien sage Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.”
Put Your Body in Motion. Start moving. Walk, run, jump, hop, skip, hike, play ball. Moving your body takes the attention off frustration. Exercise is the essential brain power booster, stress reducer, energy amplifier, and stamina promoter which all add up to less frustration.
Deep breathing. Inhale through your nose, hold it, exhale through your mouth. Repeat. You will appreciate this more as you continue to do it. The benefits are phenomenal for getting your mental, emotional and physical bodies aligned.
Give Advice on Overcoming Frustration. As ironic as it may sound, giving advice takes you out of your frustration and helps you organize your thoughts. Empathizing with someone else may pinpoint what you need for future frustration.
Surrender. Though frustration feels like war, surrendering may be the logical next step after you’ve gone through the initial steps. Surrendering is not giving up, it’s opening yourself up to other solutions from the universe. You’re not saying, “I give up,” you are saying, “I am open to the answers.”
Understanding. Knowing that frustration is not permanent may help you come to the realization that you are unfolding every minute, sometimes you just don’t get the memo.