Monday, November 9, 2020

Some Ways to Make Life’s Everyday Frustrations More Bearable


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No matter how much of a positive disposition you might naturally have, it is always going to be the case that, from time to time, things just become frustrating and feel overwhelming.

Frustrations can arise from all sorts of different sources. It might be that a job you thought you were about to be offered suddenly evaporates into thin air, or it could be that you’ve got a leaking pipe in your home that needs some urgent repair, or maybe you’ve had a fender bender.

More recently, huge numbers of people around the globe have been experiencing more everyday frustration than usual, as a result of the global pandemic.

Here are a few tips to help make life’s everyday frustrations feel more bearable.

Remember that there are often solutions to things that don’t immediately meet the eye

Every time a frustration arises in your life, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath, step back, and consciously remind yourself that there are very often solutions to things that don’t immediately meet the eye.

In other words, your first reaction to an event may be to become deeply frustrated, because you can’t think of an easy solution to whatever problem has just arisen.

Often, however, simply taking a deep breath, taking a step back, and spending a while thinking things through and doing a bit of research can yield solutions that you might have thought weren’t there at all.

If you get a traffic ticket, for example, and want to contest it without making a court appearance, a service like GetDismissed could certainly help.

Set yourself big goals that genuinely excite you, so that the “small stuff” becomes even less significant

Everyday frustrations are likely to seem much bigger and more frustrating if you don’t have much else in your everyday life to invest your attention in instead. These frustrations can then seem to grow dramatically out of proportion, and can become a lot more irritating than they otherwise would be.

A great way of altering the situation is to set yourself goals that genuinely excite you, so that the “small stuff” becomes even less significant.

Make sure that there is always some project, task, or point you are moving towards, and that you are enthusiastic about, so that you don’t get sidetracked.

Be sure to allow some time each day for fun

It’s very difficult to deal with and defuse everyday frustrations, if you are burning yourself out, and aren’t allowing at least a bit of time each day for fun, laughter, and entertainment.

If, on the other hand, you have some time set aside each day for fun activities – whether that means playing a sport, reading a good book, watching a film, playing a videogame or any number of other things, you will likely be significantly more resilient when it comes to meeting the general frustration of everyday life head on and tackling them, rather than letting them have a disproportionate impact on you.

Of course, this also means that you need to cultivate the skill of detaching yourself from things when it is time, and of “switching gears” when – for example – the work day is done.

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