5 Steps for Handling Frustration #4

I loved Christy's take on our "frustrations" yesterday. It's great to look at things from a different perspective. That's why I love today's blog too. Turn Frustration into a Funny!

Nothing diverts your brains want or desire to scream when you are frustrated like a laugh! Have you ever been so seething mad you could hardly stand it and something funny happens? It completely takes you off guard and turns your entire mood.

Most of the time, these instances don't happen on their own. But we can create them! The other night I was so frustrated and tired. Just having a pity party for myself- the kids wouldn't listen, the tv was too loud, the cat was meowing because he was hungry and the new recipe I tried for dinner was a complete flop. Then the kids started in on each other. I felt the frustration rise! Then I intentionally stopped for a moment. It was like I had a zoom lens on the kids. I started thinking of the craziness of what they were arguing about. And how when you are a kid, those things seem SO important. I was looking at their faces and the way they were acting. And I just started laughing. Someone on the outside looking in would truly think I run a 3 ring circus with a dog and pony show around here. As I started laughing, they started laughing and it all ended there. They didn't even have any idea why they were laughing (or that I was kind of making fun of them in my mind!) But it ended the frustration in my thinking and in my behaviors.

Laughing is also a preventative measure. It increases your immunity and sends feel good chemicals to your brain. What better way to not get sick and to feel less depressed!

Stop taking yourself so seriously! Try to make situations more light, find the humor in them, and don't forget to laugh out loud about it!

"A sense of humor is God's antidote for anger and frustration" Rick Warren

Adapted from a devotional from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life

*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville