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#226: Dealing With Frustration

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I've been working on taxes. Right off that says headaches, one migraine and plenty of frustration. emoticon

Like tonight. TurboTax online, that I've used for years, froze on me. I could still check email and do other things but TurboTax wouldn't move. Finally, after much irritation I shut the program down and hoped I hadn't lost all of the data. Fortunately, I didn't. emoticon

But then it said I can't efile because there are two versions of the same form! AAARRRRGGGHH!! emoticon

So, being the mellow guy I usually am, I saved the information, shut it down then took several deep breaths and told myself to check it again tomorrow to clear the problem.

I knew I was getting stressed when I wanted to scream and rant. But I've learned that does me no good. Oh, I suppose a wild primal yell once in a while might help the blood pressure, but that isn't me.

Instead, I try to calm myself and focus on the situation. If a problem is too difficult to handle at the moment I walk away or, in this case, shut down the program.

How do you handle stress and frustration? Do you let it get the better of you or do you have special ways of handling it?

For me it's calming deep breaths and a realization that all will look fresh in the morning. emoticon

What works for you?
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    emoticon For keeping your cool and not binging! emoticon

    When I run into a problem I can't solve , I will leave it alone for awhile , turn my attention onto something else. When I go back my mind seems refreshed and sometimes I can think clearer on what I should do. A lot depends on what the problem is. I am working on my filing habits right now so I can better find what I need. Not being able to find things when I need them is very frustrating. Joy
    4036 days ago
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    Good for you, Lou! How do I handle stress? Well, I used to just freak out...not throwing things or anything outward...I turned it all in and was anxious, and wanted to cry or even would cry but that was years ago. Through much help from dh, I have learned that does no good and have learned to do what you just did. Close it down and leave it alone (with MUCH prayer) and come back to it and usually it is fine. So I learned what you apparently always knew, but I am thankful at least that I DID learn it. Hope all is well for you today.
    4037 days ago
    Great job, Lou. Screaming and ranting doesn't do any good, we know that. I try really hard to blow off frustration by distracting myself with something else (not food). If possible, I try to walk, or find my husband, or call my friend on the phone. There were days when a bag of potato chips would have been what I turned to. We have made some really positive changes, thanks to Spark People!
    4037 days ago
    Until you mentioned it, Susan, I didn't even notice I didn't react to the frustration with food. Guess there's been a lot of change in the way I handle things. Thank you SparkPeople. -- Lou
    4037 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    You handled this well - and there isn't much that is more stressful than doing taxes!

    For me, my first reaction used to be food for dealing with stress. Now, I try to do some kind of exercise, even if it is just getting outside for a walk.

    4037 days ago
    LOU!! What a emoticon blog! And this happened to you TONIGHT? WOW! I would probably have been VERY tempted to SCREAM and RANT!! emoticon emoticon

    Figuring out taxes is beyond us, and we have someone else do it for the very reason that it is just way too frustrating! emoticon

    I think you did an emoticon job of dealing with this difficult situation!

    I hope I will do so well when the next frustrating situation comes my way! emoticon
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    4037 days ago
    I just go to bed when my PC simply dies. I sure hope our computer repair dude is available tomorrow. No sense in worrying about it tonight. Instead, I'll go enjoy some of the new James Patterson Mike Bennett novel!
    4037 days ago
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