Whether it’s morning traffic jams or telemarketers calling at dinnertime, there is often something interfering with our daily plans. What can you do to avoid heading head-first into wanting to strangle someone?

Changing your focus in frustrating situations can help you deal with these situations so you feel more at ease. Here are several suggestions to help you cope with frustrating people or events.

Overcoming Frustration from Irritating Events

  • Maintain your composure so you don’t do or say things you later regret
  • Establish priorities so you can distinguish between minor setbacks and more serious events
  • Create a realistic schedule. Reduce your workload to easily fit in the time allotted.
  • Value persistence. Overcoming obstacles without emotional angst is easier when you know it’s only a matter of time to get past it and move on.
  • Practice standing in line. Tolerance for frustration increases with practice.
  • Break out of your rut. Growing irritability may be a sign that you need to shake things up.

Overcoming Frustration from Exasperating People

  • Clarify your boundaries. Be clear about what you find acceptable.
  • Put yourself in their shoes. Understanding their position will help both of you accommodate each other.
  • Be willing to compromise. Encourage an atmosphere of “give and take” and the people around you will likely follow suit.

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