Thoughts of the week
When looking at exactly what frustration means there are 2 definitions:
i) The feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.
ii) The prevention of the progress, success, or fulfilment of something.
Everyone experiences frustration on a daily basis in life, at work and/or in sport. The manner in which it is managed can make a big difference your mood, stress levels and productivity.
Tips to help with frustration:
- Positivity. As easy as it is to be negative try and keep your attitude towards the situation as positive as possible.
- Optimism. Try and foresee an outcome by visualising what you ideal want to happen.
- Do something. Make sure an action is put in place and you don’t do nothing. It might not be ideal but at least you’ve done something even it is second best.
- Have a back up plan. Try an approach the situation with a wide perspective and ensure you have more than one option to consider. Things don’t often go to plan when people are emotional or not thinking clearly, compromise can be powerful here.
- Simplicity. The best option is often the most simple. Don’t over complicate the situation and reverse engineer if necessary.
- Focus on the ideal solution. If you strongly believe that what you think is right then stick to your guns. Handel the situation as emphatically and professionally as possible but keep offering your point of view with logical reason.
- Keep a list. Things don’t often get solved straight away. A log or timeline of what has/has not been done when may help understand things better and give people involved a clearer picture.
- What isn’t working. Don’t keep pushing problems uphill, if it’s obvious something isn’t working or there is resistance towards it, change your tact.
“All frustrations are self-induced. The outside world can invite us to become upset, but we ultimately accept the invitation.”
These may not work for everyone but we often find that we have to adopt at least one of the above a day intrinsically or extrinsically across multiple situations maximise frustration control…
Recipe of the week
Grilled baby gem salad w. prawns
- Slice 2 baby gem lettuce hearts in half, removing any hard parts. Spray some olive oil mist into a large pan then lightly fry. This should take approximately 5-10 mins.
- Once lettuce has a nice colour to it then also add baby corn, sugar snap peas & garden peas until all a charred with a nice colour to them. This should take an additional 5 mins.
- Squeeze the juice of 2 fresh lemons into a small cup, add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard & black pepper to taste. Mix well.
- Lastly melt a tablespoon of olive oil spread, teaspoon of crushed garlic & 2 tablespoons of green pesto in a hot pan, add prawns then stir together until cooked through.
- Mix vegetables together in a bowl & cover evenly with dressing.
- Serve as in picture with prawns on top.
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