Frustration during COVID-19

“Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths, and remembering that you can do anything once you’ve practiced two hundred times.” ― Miriam Peskowitz, The Daring Book for Girls

Frustration has mounted in the minds of people since the outbreak of this pandemic. We have managed to handle our frustration during the early days of COVID-19 but now with the tolerance level reaching its peak, we have begun to exhibit our frustration to others. Humans generally take their frustration out on people closest to them, and gradually it streams to people around them. I woke up to a post on Facebook about someone’s frustration on being quarantined for almost two months and how this has affected his work and him blaming the government for the decrease in his income. From this, I can only assume, he may have already shown his frustration to his loved ones first.

It is a blessing to have loved ones with whom you can vent your feelings because you feel comfortable around them but if you do not manage your frustration around them, it will turn into a toxic relationship that will build up bitterness. Sometimes certain situations act as a trigger or a catalyst to other issues we have been avoiding. The pandemic COVID-19 is one such catalyst that can trigger these glitches in our lives. Suppressing these emotions can lead to a worse scenario in the long run. How do we deal with these emotions during this pandemic?

  1. Appreciate your loved ones: Our loved ones have a lot of qualities in them that we admire but the frustration of not having a job or losing the life we ones had, contributes to us noticing flaws in our loved ones. Our loved ones are close to us because of the qualities that they possess and we admire. Trying to remember those qualities will help you be less frustrated with them.
  1. Patience, patience, patience: Easier said than done. Being a Type A personality myself, patience is not a quality I possess. Guilty. Learning more about myself due to the discipline and the career I picked has helped me tremendously in being more patient. I have worked with my coach to ensure I don’t react negatively in situations where my patience runs out.
  1. Show your gratitude: I understand how difficult it is to be grateful when your life has taken a 360-degree turn; when you cannot eat out in your favorite restaurant, or celebrate your birthday or just hug your friends. But it is important to note that we are living during the time of a pandemic where people have lost lives, their loved ones, their children. If we are healthy, have clothes on our back and food in our house, I believe we have to be grateful and count our blessings.
  1. Positive Mindset: I could not stress the importance of a positive mindset. Being hopeful of the future and maintain the idea that the current situation will pass and lead to a more fruitful life is imperative in leading a happy life. I would strongly suggest digging into your lives, find your strengths, gifts, and skills that make you unique. Remember, there is no other person like you and no one can replace you.

Taking the pandemic into consideration, I have changed my high ticket offer into three tiers to accommodate everyone’s financial needs because one thing I hear a lot from my clients is I cannot afford coaching. I strongly urge you to take advantage of this offer and instigate that change in your life. If you are frustrated and your personal life is being affected due to your professional life or due to other circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact me. Do not suffer in silence. Let us make that zoom call no matter where you are in the world.

Hamna Siddique is a coach specializing in Personal Development and Mindset Coaching.

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