Have you heard something like this before? „Everyone gets frustrated from time to time and it’s so hard to overcome such a difficult state of mind.“ I have and I think only the first part is true because it isn’t that hart to deal with frustration. I admit that it mostly feels overwhelming at first but if you look closer it isn’t that hard. Especially, if you have the right strategy for overcoming frustration. Over the time, my mentors taught me some powerful strategies, and additionally I found out that it helps best to avoid such feelings or get out of them at the very beginning. Rather than dealing with frustration I recommend this: don’t deal with frustration and arrange yourself with them – stop them in the beginning and don’t let frustration take the lead.
Why do you feel frustrated?
Sometimes frustration is faster than you can act because life just happens. No big deal when that happens because you can as easy out of it as you get in. The most important prerequisite for beating frustration sustainable is to analyze why you got into that mood. If you find yourself in a state of frustration primarily ask the following questions:
How often do you feel frustrated? Is it really that awkward to not get the thing you wanted? Could it just be a mistake that xyz happened to you? Is there another problem around that you’re not considering yet?
This questions may lead you to a deeper analysis of your feelings and can reveal other topics that unconsciously concern you. Such a close look is often helpful and prevents negative feeling. In some difficult cases or in those cases where you don’t see any good alternative you may want to consult a coach to help you with the analysis. I invite you to a free online introductory call with me where I show you a strong but easy to learn technique to get your questions answered.
3 Tips for Getting Out of Frustration
1. Switch the Perspective
One good way to draw your thoughts to another situation and away from frustration is to switch from your own perspective to a neutral one. Try to take a birds-eye perspective at the particular situation and see if it changes. If it does change, you could react differently and frustration fades away. Give it a try because sometimes the small things create the biggest changes!
2. Take the Lead
Leave the victim mode and turn into action mode. Taking charge and gaining control is very important for your mindset. This supports you with overcoming fear and frustration. If you feel overwhelmed by a big project or task try this: Do some small tasks in the beginning to warm up or break up the one monstrous task which causes you frustration into small pieces. With small achievable tasks that you accomplish you set your mind up for success. This immediately affects your emotions and can help you getting less frustrated.
3. Don’t try Dealing with Frustration – Get Out of it!
A simple but hard to do tip is to just get out of the frustration mode. You won’t get out of your mess while sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. Period.
I know it sounds hard and it is but changing your mood is the best way to overcome frustration. Get your clothes on, put yourself together and get out moving! Listen to some cool music and start dancing in the rain. You’ll feel better when you move your body rather than watching Netflix and stuffing yourself with candy. I admit, this helps in cases of emergency but is no long-term treatment for various reasons and gaining weight is just one of them… Believe me, I tried!
PrevenTion Is Better Than dealing with frustration
Even better than getting out of feelings of frustration is to not get into them. Seems hard? It isn’t that hard, especially, if you exercise and create positive habits. You need to create some strategies for dealing with negative feelings that fit your needs. If you feel negative frustration or something comparable rising, apply your best strategy. There are several possibilities for building up strategies, like positive affirmations and other techniques. Those techniques are different from just thinking positive. They help you staying in control and remain confident even if something negative happens. It’s like you build up a more positive and optimistic mindset that creates resilience.
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