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10 tips on how to deal with frustration

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Dealing with frustration

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Get active - do something to get your heart rate up and work out some of that energy

2.

Write it down - this is especially useful when you have no idea why you feel so worked up

3.

Talk with a trusted friend - relying on friends to process with or vent to can help

4.

Practice meditation

Dealing with frustration

5.

Do belly breathing - focus on only expanding your belly when you breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth, keeping your chest still

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Do something that brings you joy - when frustration seems too intense to address directly, a distraction can help in the short-term

7.

Pet an animal - this can often alleviate immediate feelings of frustration

Dealing with frustration

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Look for solutions - we tend to fixate on the injustice of it all when we are frustrated, try reframing the situation as a learning experience or an opportunity to solve a problem

9.

Check whether your expectations were realistic

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Talk to a therapist - this can teach you effective coping skills and help you understand some of the underlying reasons for your frustration

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