Handling Frustration, Anger and Irritation

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The initial reaction…

Frustration, anger and irritation can be consuming emotions that are hard to grasp immediately. Some of us can benefit from chatting with someone about the problem that is bothering us. They can be productive in allowing us to safely let off steam and find some perspective about the situation. But we also need to be mindful that we are not releasing all our pent-up, negative energy on others destructively, especially innocent people. If you find it hard to control your emotions, try taking some solitary time. Get outside and take a walk, release your energy through exercise, relax by taking a bath, listening to music or meditating, whatever it is that helps you calm down before speaking to others.

Let it go but face the problem…

These emotions are all rooted in an apparent or underlying problem. We need to learn to let them go after some time has passed, whether naturally or more consciously, so that they do not begin to control our lives in ways that limit us. Only then can we begin to answer these questions: what is it that is bothering me? Is this an understandable or irrational reaction? What can I do about this problem? Don’t be ashamed of your behaviour and don’t bury your feelings away. Break it down. Create a plan. Talk to people calmly and effectively. Be honest and be fair. Be self aware. Be forgiving if the situation warrants it or remove yourself from negative circumstances. Seek forgiveness and find what you need. Look at those emotions from the inside and outside. Move on. See the humour and see the beauty.

We are all human and it is natural to get frustrated, angry and irritated from time to time! What are the ways you handle these emotions?


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