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  • Beyond Frustration: How to Cultivate Patience and Find Peace Within

    As a millennial woman, you may find yourself facing many frustrating situations in your daily life. Whether it’s dealing with a difficult boss, waiting for a promotion that never seems to come, or navigating the ups and downs of relationships, frustration can be a constant companion. And while it’s natural to feel frustrated at times, chronic frustration can take a toll on your emotional well-being.

    Frustration is a feeling of dissatisfaction that arises when things don’t go as planned or when obstacles get in the way of our goals. It can be a useful emotion in small doses, as it can motivate us to find solutions and overcome challenges. However, when frustration becomes chronic, it can lead to feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and depression.

    One of the main reasons that frustration can be so challenging to deal with is that it often comes with a sense of powerlessness. When we feel frustrated, we may feel like we have no control over the situation, and that can be a deeply disempowering experience.

    So what can you do to cultivate patience and find peace within, even in the face of frustration? Here are some tips:

    1. Recognize that frustration is a normal human emotion. It’s okay to feel frustrated sometimes, and it doesn’t mean that you’re weak or flawed.

    2. Practice mindfulness. When you’re feeling frustrated, take a moment to pause and focus on your breath. Allow yourself to fully experience the feeling, without judgment or self-criticism.

    3. Reframe your mindset. Instead of focusing on what’s not working, shift your attention to what you can do to improve the situation. Ask yourself, “What’s one small step I can take right now to move forward?”

    4. Practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself, especially when you’re feeling frustrated. Acknowledge that it’s difficult and give yourself permission to take a break or seek support when you need it.

    By cultivating patience and self-compassion, you can begin to shift your relationship with frustration. Instead of seeing it as an obstacle, you can start to view it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Remember, frustration is a natural part of the human experience, but with the right mindset and tools, you can find peace within, no matter what challenges come your way.


    Jenmarie Eadie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about empowering women to take control of their mental health by finding balance and inner peace in the midst of perfectionism and anxiety. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State with a concentration in Behavioral Health. Her proudest accomplishment is following her dream of opening up a practice focused on helping high-achieving, goal-oriented women. She currently serves women in California and Oregon (CA LCSW# 66634 and OR# L13328).