Life is full of frustrations. From the minor irritations of losing something to the major problem of continued failure towards a desired goal. Since many of the things we truly want require a degree of frustration, being able to manage frustration is required in order to allow us to remain happy and positive even in trying circumstances.
Yes, something bad happened. Don't spend your day imagining how beautiful life could be if it wasn't for that stupid incident or mistake. This is it. It is frustrating, no doubt about it, but rejecting this reality will not lower the frustration, on the contrary, will make it stronger and stronger. Accept reality.
Shift Your Focus
It's so easy to get caught in a spiral of anger and despair when you're frustrated, and I know that first hand. Shift your focus by engaging in small but demanding activities. Get involved. Do take the necessary steps to get over the frustrating situation, but do not ignore everything else around you.
Talk About It With A Friend
Find somebody you trust and talk about it. Let it out. Don't let it grow inside yourself until you explode. Most of the time, when you reach this point, it's too late to make a meaningful change that will restore your reality. Let your worries and your tension fly. After all, this is what friends are for, right?
Sleep It Over
Most of your unconscious life happens while you're asleep. Try to go to bed with a clear thought of resolution. Don’t try to find a solution, just prepare yourself for getting out of that frustrating circle. During the night your unconscious mind will find resources to make you stronger.
Read Something Funny
This will not solve your problem, most of the time it will only switch your focus to something else, giving you a temporary break. Do not mistake this technique with avoidance, just use it as a chillout session, then get back on track and solve whatever you have to solve.
Stop Blaming Yourself
Maybe you did something really wrong, and your current situation is the result of that mistake. Take responsibility but don’t blame yourself. It’s all in the past. You’re in the present now and you can do something about it. Blame will only put weight on that past and drag you down. Avoid it at all cost.
Take A Walk
Even on the wild side, if you like the wild side, but do take a walk. The mere action of moving will set you up for action and hopefully will make your mind a little clearer. Walking always helps me put my thoughts in order and let off the steam a little bit. And it’s free of charge.