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Frustration AKA Arrrggghhhh!

Too many chocolates. Not enough stripes. And those friggin’ bombs! I hate those bombs!

Yeah, you all know what I’m talking about. That all time frustration generator Candy Crush. The game we love to hate.

Frustration is that feeling of helpless exasperation. It causes huge sighs, clenched teeth, a furrowed brow, and pulled-out hair. A strong emotion if there ever was one.

However, it can also be a method of taking a breather from whatever it is that is troubling you. And you should actually breathe. The kind of breath that blows your bangs upwards. A good deep breath that lets you sit and think for a moment, so you aren’t rushing headlong into angry.

Anger causes changes in your body. Your muscles tense, you breathing gets shorter, your seratonin levels fall, you can’t think clearly. These changes can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and debilitation. If you are frustrated all the time, you can learn to use it as a method of stepping back and re-evaluating the situation.

Frustration can save your life.

The word comes from 1425–75; late Middle English frustracioun  < Latin frustrātiōn-  and can mean “a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.”  (dictionary.com) 

Unresolved may be the key word here. When you can’t do what you want, or say what you mean, or get to where you need to be, the emotion builds up. In order to fix a problem, you must resolve the situation. But when you are stopped by frustration, you may think there is just no way!


That bout of frustration could be a ping from your subconscious asking you “What are you doing?” Pay attention to those pings.  They are your authentic self calling out your BS. Letting you decide “What do I really want here?” “Should I continue or change it up?” “Am I being successful or just winging it?”

Or maybe it’s just “Do I really want to get to level 267?”

I REALLY hate those bombs!


About ejgresearch

As soon as I retired I hit the road. I am now a nomad traveling the USA in a minivan. This blog is my travelogue / journal about those travels.


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