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The 5 Primary Sources of Frustration and Simple Ways to Deal with Them

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Frustration has led to suicide, chronic depression, drug addiction, and many other mental illnesses. For this reason, most people are trying to end their frustrations. However, their efforts are futile because they try to eliminate frustration by dealing with its symptoms instead of the root causes.

People will successfully treat frustration only if they know its primary causes.

I believe the following 5 factors are the main sources of frustration, and dealing with them can help eliminate it.

Here are they:

Frustration is caused by –

  • Failing to Achieve our Goals/Dreams.

Most of us are frustrated because we are not where we expected to be. We thought we would achieve our biggest goals when we reach a certain age. However, when we reached that age, we realized that we are still far from accomplishing our dreams/goals.

Advice

Failing to achieve your goals doesn’t imply that you’ll never achieve them. Therefore, don’t get frustrated, and don’t give up. Instead, keep working and believing, and you might end up getting more than what you wanted. The universe works in a strange but awesome way. It might prevent you from getting whatever you want despite working hard so that you work harder and get more than enough.

  • Failing to Accept That Some Things Are Beyond Our Control

Epictetus once said, ‘Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: some things are within our control and others are not.’ Most of us get frustrated because we try to control the uncontrollable. We try to control politics, aging, the future, the weather, and many other uncontrollable factors, and we get angry when we realize that we can’t control them.

Advice

Realize that frustration won’t fix anything and that it’s impossible for an individual who knows the difference between the controllable and uncontrollable to get frustrated.

  • Failure to Accept that Life is Full of Disappointments

We get frustrated by life’s disappointments because we don’t embrace the fact that disappointments are part of life, and everyone experiences them. Although the sizes of our disappointments differ, all of us experience them, and some get frustrated while others don’t because they understand that disappointments are inevitable, but misery is optional.

Advice

Prepare yourself mentally for disappointments by knowing that they are natural and unavoidable. Also, know that you have the power to overcome disappointment. Lastly, realize that those who prepare for disappointment seldom get frustrated.

  • Not Accepting yourself

Today, many people are frustrated because they hate their bodies, looks, their financial status, and many other factors about themselves.

Advice

Learn to focus on the positive side of your life, and know that you can change everything about yourself if you commit to change.

  • Not Accepting People as They Are.

Another main source of frustration is that we fail to accept that not everybody will be the way we want them to be. To enjoy life, we have to be who we are. Therefore, we have to let people be who they want to be. You become frustrated when you force people to behave the way you want them to behave because they’ll never do so. They might try, but they will eventually fail because everybody wants to be him/herself.

Advice

Learn to accept people as they are.

Thank You for Reading. Have A Great Day.

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