Yesterday, when I was experiencing some frustration, I noticed that somebody had chosen to express that feeling via the emotions chart on my office door.
I wondered, “Who expressed that frustration? Was it a patient or a staff person? Why are they feeling frustration? Are they expressing that frustration to others? Are they keeping the frustration to themselves? Do they know they are not alone in feeling frustration? How do they deal with frustration?” I felt some frustration that I did not know — and probably would never know — the answers to my questions.
However, I can ask similar questions to you, my readers.
Are you feeling frustration these days? Do you share your frustration or keep it to yourself? How do you deal with frustration?
I am feeling frustration with our government, these days. Am I alone in that frustration?
Also, people in therapy have been expressing frustration about their relationship with food, especially during and after the holidays. I suggest that people NOT beat themselves up about what they’re eating– that leads to greater frustration and more eating to comfort themselves.
In addition, last night at a Board meeting, some of us expressed frustration about ageism, and how people — even those who are sensitive in their use of language about other differences — make jokes about age all the time. I remember feeling frustration about this when I was in Social Work graduate school, decades ago. Of course, my frustration with this gets worse as I get older.
After the board meeting, one of the participants shared this video in an email:
Is anybody feeling frustration that I’m taking so long to share my other photos from yesterday?
Are people feeling frustration about any of those photos? I’ll explain the last one — I bought a gelato-filled Panettone for the board meeting. Nobody expressed frustration about that.
Feel free to express frustration or any other feelings or thoughts in a comment, below.
Thanks to all who helped me create this “frustration” post and to you — of course!