We’ve all been there. That moment where you feel like a lion in a cage, pacing back and forth endlessly with no sense of control over your life. The feeling is so overwhelming that it can be paralyzing to the point where you just want to do anything for some relief.
But what if I told you that there are 33 hacks for overcoming this frustrating state of being? Let’s take a look at these quick and easy ways to get out of your own way!
Don’t focus on the past or future; just stay here in today’s moment. This will help keep your mind from wandering into unhelpful thoughts about events that may never happen, or dwelling on things that happened yesterday that are out of your control.
Get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in your life that is causing you to feel overloaded, overwhelmed or anxious. If you’re stressed about something, it’s usually because there’s too much on your plate so start clearing some of that away and see if it helps relieve your stress levels.
When you’re feeling frustrated, it often feels like things are too complicated. So try to simplify the situation by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Take a break
If you’ve been trying to solve a problem for a while and keep hitting a wall, chances are you need some time away from it. Take a few deep breaths, step away from the situation and come back to it later with a fresh perspective.
Talk it out
Sometimes all we need is someone to listen to us and help us process our feelings. Talking to a friend, family member or therapist can be really helpful in getting rid of frustration.
Shut out the noise
Too much noise can lead to feelings of frustration. If it’s an environmental noise, try using earplugs or listening to some music on headphones. But if it’s a noise in your head, try using mindfulness meditation to reduce that internal monologue that often leads to frustration.
Buy some time
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything, try simply prioritizing the important things. Pick the one thing that is causing you to feel frustrated and move it to the top of your priority list so you can slowly start working towards making it happen.
Sometimes all we need is a good laugh! Watching a short clip or reading something funny online, taking in some stand-up comedy, reading the comics page of your newspaper, talking to a friend who can make you chuckle – do whatever it takes to put a smile on your face.
Solve just one thing
Sometimes we try and solve all our problems at the same time. Instead, pick just one small thing that you can do to help ease your frustration and go for it! It may not solve everything, but it could be a step in the right direction.
When you’re feeling really frustrated, it’s easy to jump to conclusions about what is going on or what people are thinking. But don’t do it! Try to take a step back, gain some perspective and wait until you have all the information before you make any assumptions.
Take a deep breath
This is probably one of the simplest things you can do, but it’s also one of the most effective. A deep breath helps to center you and calm your mind.
Working out is a great way to release some of that frustration and pent-up energy. It also releases endorphins, which will help to make you feel better overall.
Make a list
This can be helpful when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. You can create a task list of what you need to get done, check off the items as you finish them and feel good about all that you’ve accomplished!
Let it go
If there’s nothing you can do to solve the problem or make it better, letting go can be liberating. You can’t change the past or predict the future, so there’s no use in getting frustrated about it.
Keep your chin up and try to stay positive, even when things are tough. This can be really hard, but it’s worth it in the end.
Drinking lots of water can help to combat fatigue, lack of focus and general frustration. This is especially true if the weather is hot or you’ve been exercising. So drink up!
Find your zen place
Doing yoga, meditating or simply relaxing in a quiet space are all great ways to reduce frustration and find inner peace.
Get enough sleep
If you’re constantly exhausted, chances are you’ll experience feelings of frustration more often. Getting a good night’s sleep can help to improve your mood and make it easier to tackle the things that frustrate you.
Do something nice for someone else
Random acts of kindness are a great way to make someone else feel good, but they can also help you refocus and put things in perspective.
Count your blessings
Instead of focusing on the negative things that frustrate you, focus on all the positive aspects of your life instead. This could include anything from getting enough sleep, enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or having a great group of friends.
Take a walk
Going outside for a little fresh air and a change in scenery can help you to clear your mind, focus on the present moment and relax.
Organize your space
When our surroundings are cluttered and messy, it can be difficult to focus and frustrating to try and find anything. By organizing your space, you’ll make it easier to find what you need and work more efficiently. This could mean cleaning your room, going through a pile of papers or making your bed.
Set boundaries with others
If you’re spending lots of time and energy dealing with someone else’s needs and feelings, it will be difficult for you to take care of yourself too. Let them know what your limits are, so that they can’t take advantage of your good nature.
Make an effort to smile
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it can really go a long way. Smiling doesn’t just make you look more attractive (and less grumpy), but smiling can actually make you feel happier too!
Try new things
When we do the same thing over and over, it can become incredibly frustrating and monotonous. Trying new things will help to keep you interested and excited about your day-to-day life.
Work on a passion project
If you’ve been focusing more on work than anything else, taking some time to work on a passion project will help you rediscover your true self. It can also be incredibly fun and rewarding!
Focus on the positive aspects of your life
Instead of thinking about everything that’s frustrating you, focus on all the good things in your life. This could mean getting enough sleep, spending time with friends or any other aspect of your life that you’re grateful for.
Connect with friends and family
Talk to your friends and family members about what’s been frustrating you lately. They may be able to offer some insightful perspective and support.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’ve tried all of the other hacks on this list and nothing has worked, don’t be afraid to ask for professional help! A therapist can provide valuable insight into what’s really going on inside your head and offer their own helpful advice.
Don’t be afraid to say no
No one likes feeling frustrated, but if you’ve tried everything on this list and nothing has worked, remember that you always have the option of saying no. Let others know what you’re willing to do and not willing to do. This will stop them from taking advantage of your good nature.
Don’t give up hope
If none of these tips seem to help, try not to lose hope. Remember that even the worst frustration doesn’t last forever! It may seem like an eternity now, but it will pass eventually.
Recognize your strengths and weaknesses
When you’re feeling frustrated, it’s easy to think that everything is going wrong. During times like this, it’s helpful to take an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. This can help you to see that there are things that you do well and others that you may want to work on.
Remember things could be worse
This is one of the most important tips on this list! No matter how bad your situation may seem, it could always be worse! When you feel overwhelmed with frustration, keep this in mind and remind yourself that things will get better.
Now that you’ve read through these tips, you’re probably feeling a little less frustrated than before. Remember to put into practice the tips that make the most sense to you and leave behind any that don’t feel helpful. With a little patience and effort, you’ll be on your way to overcoming frustration!