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9 Ways to Relieve Frustration You Should Try ...

Are you stretched to the limit and looking for ways to relieve frustration and stress? I found some simple yet effective ways to relieve stress and any pent-up frustrations you may have in your life. Stress and frustration can affect us in so many ways so employing these techniques will be great for your mind and body!

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1. Journal

Spill your guts to a journal about events in your life and write down exactly what is going on and how it’s affecting you. Writing about stressful events and how they make you feel can help you sort out and better understand your feelings and allow you to vent no-holds-barred style which can help you feel better and see things clearly rather than bottling it up.

2. Breathing Exercises

When the going gets tough, it’s time to stop and take a breather. Breathing exercises can help physically feel better and is a great way to relieve frustration. Controlled and mindful breathing helps oxygenate the blood which in turn helps to relax your muscles and calm your racing mind. The great thing about this stress reliever is that you can do this anytime, anywhere!

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3. Guided Imagery

One of the most popular methods to relieve frustration and stress is to use guided imagery. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically focusing and directing your imagination to achieve a desired goal. Close your eyes, breathe and get into a relaxed state. Now imagine the most relaxing environment like lounging on a beach or sitting by a warm fire. Imagine all the sounds, scents, and sights of this scene and stay in this environment as long as you want. Then slowly countdown from 10 to 1 and tell yourself that when you get to one you’ll be refreshed and serene. The next time you feel like your frustration level is through the roof, try it!

4. Exercise

Engaging in exercise will give your mind and body a much-needed release. If you feel like doing some hardcore cardio or kickboxing, do it. If you want to calm your mind and body, try yoga or walking. Some people crave a heart-pounding workout while others prefer a more soothing exercise, either way, working out provides is a great stress reliever and give you a boost through endorphins!

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5. Sex

Some might consider this a form of exercise, but it’s also one of the best ways to relieve frustration and stress! Although it might be the last thing on your mind when you’re aggravated or upset, sex has many health benefits. Doing the dirty can help lower blood pressure, relieve stress and relieve pain. Maybe next time you have the morning from hell, meet your guy for some afternoon delight and tell him it’s for your health!

6. Music

Have you ever noticed that listening to certain songs can take you from worst day ever to queen of the world in a matter of seconds? Listening to music can help calm us or make us feel more alert or happy. If you want to calm down, try listening to some soothing instrumentals or turn on some rock or pop to lift your spirits and into a happier frame of mind. Just try not to dance too hard in your cubicle or you might be a distraction to your neighbors!

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7. Take Action

If you ever get so frustrated that you feel like punching a wall or a face, do the safe and sane thing and punch a pillow or squeeze a stress ball. Doing some sort of physical action will help you feel better mentally and release those pent-up emotions. Keeping a stress ball on your desk is great because it’s small and convenient and you likely don’t keep a pillow handy at work.

8. Draw

You don’t have to be an artist to employ this method of stress relief; anyone can draw to relieve tension and frustration. Channel your negative energy into something enjoyable and cathartic and draw, paint or color your way to calm. You don’t have to have a plan or specific subject, just draw or paint what comes to mind. You can throw colors on a canvas or carefully draw something; it’s all up to you!

9. Talk

Sometimes simply talking to someone about what is bothering you can do a world of good. The person you talk to doesn’t even have to be someone you know, just a person who is willing to listen. Some might find it awkward to strike up a convo with a stranger and talk about themselves but people do it all the time in bars or stores. If you have a trusted friend that makes it even better, the point is to talk. Hearing yourself talk about a problem can help you feel better and better understand things.

I hope these 9 ways to relieve frustration you should try gave you some ideas on what to do next time you’re frustrated and stressed. It’s important to take care of yourself and not let work or personal problems affect your health. When life gives you lemons, make a lemon drop and smile!

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