Three Things to Do With Your Frustration
When was the last time you felt frustrated? How did you handle it? We all feel frustration at some point in our lives for various reasons. Frustration is like a coin; a big, chunky silver dollar! You can tighten your grip around it so tightly that it makes your knuckles white. You can shove it in your pocket and feel the weight it creates as you try to walk about. It’s like a clunky piece of metal that just gets in the way unless you spend it or invest it.
If you take that silver dollar and exchange it for a cup of coffee, you experience the benefit of it. If you take that silver dollar and “invest” it in a raffle, your investment could pay huge dividends! Don’t let your frustration be destructive – let it be instructive!
Jennifer Rothschild, motivational speaker and mother, shares three things to do with your frustration:
1) Do what you dread. Apply the same energy you use to complain and procrastinate to tackle the task you don’t like.
2) Name one good thing. Instead of pining away and musing endlessly over what frustrates you, apply that same mental energy to focusing on one good thing about your frustrating situation.
3) Coach yourself. Don’t expect anyone to cheer you on and motivate you. Use the endless stream of chatter in your brain to guide yourself into productive action and emotions, rather than allowing them to lead you into a deeper funk.
The next time you feel frustration creeping in because your spouse left a mess in the kitchen, or your child refuses to practice for his music lessons, or you get tied up in traffic, meet your frustration head-on with gusto and guide yourself into doing something productive.
Master Wellness Volunteer Training
If you have registered for the 2015 Master Wellness Volunteer training, please remember that it begins Tuesday, February 3rd, 9:00 a.m. at the Extension Office. The cost for the five training days is $40, payable at the first session. We will cover the history of Extension, Master Wellness Volunteer Program Overview, Walk Across Texas, Better Living for Texans overview, and possibly hear from some current Master Wellness Volunteers.
The following week (February 10), we will focus on nutrition: MyPlate, Are You Able to Teach the Label?, What’s New with Nutrients?, Portion Distortion, and an introduction to other Extension nutrition programs.
Week three (February 17) will focus on Food Safety. Programs covered will be Packing a Safe & Healthy Lunch for School, Cooking Foods Outdoors Safely, and Don’t Get Bugged from Foodborne Illness.
On February 24, the training will cover Health & Wellness, covering the Flu series, Medication Management, and Skin Cancer. Finally, on the last day, March 3, we will discuss childhood nutrition and health. The certification exam will be implemented, certificates presented, and upcoming volunteer opportunities discussed.
Don’t get nervous about the certification exam! During each session, we will review questions that will be on the exam. After providing three trainings, I have not had a single participant fail!
For those of you who did not meet the deadline to register, please contact my office first thing Monday morning, February 2nd, if you want to participate.
School is a building that has four walls – with tomorrow inside!
Refreshments will be provided. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax