While we are all striving to achieve happiness in life, there are times when we feel frustrated with our lot.
This is usually during our working day when we find ourselves experiencing negative feelings because the pressure of work is getting to us.
Working in an office environment can be super stressful for some people as the juggling of various tasks within the office can prove to be very challenging to deal with.
But it's not just the day-to-day routine that can be tough. The office experience can also prove a struggle if team members within your group are difficult to work with.
These frustrations can come in various forms such as office bullying, for example, when a co-worker's rude, patronizing or aggressive behavior toward you is making your life unhappy. Sometimes stress can come from an inpatient boss who demands a lot from you and doesn't understand just how much work you are trying to juggle.
According to research by Health Assured, the most common causes of stress or frustration at work include an ineffective manager (74%), excessive workloads and deadlines (60%), poor communication and limited visibility of team members’ work (57%), and poor access to resources or information needed to complete work (37%).
These feelings of frustration can affect our mental health severely, leaving us with negative emotions, feeling unmotivated, out of control, and depressed, all of which can affect your work performance and make your negative feelings even more intense.
The best way to deal with negative feelings of frustration at work is to be honest about yourself and to others about what is stressing you out.
Sometimes it is wise to speak up and tell someone how you feel.
That way, you will have expressed your concerns and others will know that you are having a tough time that needs a solution.
Keeping these feelings to yourself will only make things worse as they will fester, you will fixate on them and become more and more angry and frustrated.
It can become a vicious cycle and you will feel like you are stuck in a job you are not happy in.
So how can you deal with frustration at work? How can you go about making some positive changes that will make life feel much better?
If you are struggling and feeling frustrated then you must talk to your boss and get down to the root cause of your problem.
If the people you work for are unaware of the things that are making you unhappy they will not be able to do anything to help you.
Work out what it is that is making you feel so glum at work and then think about the ways you are able to remedy them.
If it's a workload problem, then try to devise a system that makes it easier for you to manage.
Or perhaps tell your superior that it may take you a little longer to finish a certain project if time is the issue.
If your frustration is due to a fellow member of staff, then take them to one side and calmly talk to them about the situation and try to come up with ways of solving the issue.
By improving the way you are working or the office dynamic, you may find your mood and outlook on life improving tenfold.
We all have a job to do - it's a means to an end. We work to live. But that doesn't mean we have to work all the time. You must divide up your day so that you can enjoy some much-needed 'you' time.
So make a concerted effort not to bring your work home, for your sake and the sake of your family. Try not to look at your phone for work messages or emails. If you must, allow yourself a window of time when you can do it.
Yours App psychologist Dr. Meg Arrol says it is very important to make sure that keep your home time as work-free as possible. She says that she has taken work emails off her phone so she can not be distracted by work during her time off.
If you are constantly thinking about work without letting up you will never be able to fully relax, which will ultimately lead you to feel more and more frustrated.
If you find yourself working later than you ought to, or you never manage to get out to enjoy a proper lunch hour, you need to set some strict rules for yourself.
Having regular breaks away from your desk or workstation is imperative as it gives you the chance to refresh your mind - and a cluttered, busy, tired mind is good for no one.
This is when you tend to make mistakes, overlook things or don't pay full attention to what you are doing which can then lead to more frustration.
When you are feeling frustrated, it might be a good idea to take some time away from what you are doing and relax.
Why not try Yoga or other forms of exercise. They are proven to improve wellbeing and reduce stress.
If you don't have a chance to get to a yoga class, why not check our easy-to-follow yoga classes on Yours App.
Taking this time to be at one with yourself will help ease the tension you are experiencing.
They say all work and no play make us very dull. And it's true. It is important to develop healthy supportive relationships with your work colleagues.
Go for lunch with them, organize after-work social activities. The more you get to know each other and the more trust is built up between you all and the easier it will be to feel supported and be able to speak out when you are having a tough time.
Sometimes, it can be hard to approach a boss with something you want to talk about out of the blue, so it might be a good idea to encourage the development of regular staff meetings to discuss how things are going.
This way, when you meet for your regular 'catch up' you will find it easier to open up about any issues that are bothering you and set about solving them.
It is a great opportunity to share with your boss what is working and what is not working in a relaxed positive conversation as well as hearing from them too.