How do you respond when the frustration bug bites?

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty RS334568

This morning I wrote an article that took me about two hours.  I was feeling really good about it when I hit the 'publish' key and boom, the site went down!


Okay, I took a deep breath, went to refill my coffee, took a brief stroll around my office and then asked myself - do I want this silly set back to throw off my day?  Of course not!

Do you ever feel frustrated?  

If you have a pulse, and you're honest, you probably occasionally get bit by the frustration bug.
Well, the good news is that this is not a post with the intention of tossing our frustrations into a big pot of boiling frenzy...
Nope, this is intended to be an upbeat post that explores the powerful ways we each respond to the bite of the frustration bug!

For me the four main ingredients necessary to overcome the bite of frustration are:






I stop and literally take a deep breath.  This helps to remind me that I am human and feeling frustration is normal and healthy but it also reminds me that I am in control of how I respond.


I will get up and move my body.  If I'm in car, this may just include moving the position of my arms or adjusting my posture but just moving helps me to release the initial tension that is trying to stick to me.


Yes, I confess that this is sometimes not so easy, but ultimately it helps to accept that sometimes the glitches and messes in life are simply an opportunity to giggle.  A good dose of humor is often a powerful elixir.


Sometimes the most frustrating moments teach us needful lessons that help us to gain further clarity and propel us forward with renewed perspective.

So, how do you respond when the frustration bug bites you?

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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Good Morning Will Hamm  - Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoy the day!

Apr 10, 2018 05:35 AM #16
Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I awoke to a light blanket of snow covering my yard but the weatherman assured us that your Florida sunshine is coming our way this week!

Apr 10, 2018 05:37 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

All of us face those moments of frustration.

On Saturday, I thought my time on ActiveRain was over when I could not login until I updated my password and then received notices that my blog posts did not exist.  We just have to move on with more positive thoughts.

Apr 10, 2018 06:25 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, all wonderful ways to avoid the frustration bug, Maria! I too, get frustrated but, I don't let it own me - primarily because I don't have time! LOL

Happy Tuesday!

Apr 10, 2018 06:41 AM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The site going down it happening a lot lately. I feel your pain.

Apr 10, 2018 08:20 PM #20
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

That has happened to us all and frustrating is the mild word to use!  LOL 

Apr 11, 2018 08:22 PM #21
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Well . . . I have a 5 lb sledgehammer in my truck's toolbox . . .

 . . . and everything you said.

When it comes to technology, I have always had the mindset of "Look, you infernal little !@#$%^&*()_ BOX, bend to my formidable will and be quick about it!"

This does not always happen, but sometimes a reboot of the human will result in a reboot of the situation. 

Apr 12, 2018 09:04 AM #22
Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

Candice A. Donofrio - You truly have a way with words that brings forth authentic laughter every single time!!  And by some crazy twist of AR insanity, I realized today that somehow/someway, I had not been 'following' you, according to AR standards anyway - but you already know I'm a raving fan of yours and still want my front row seat if you ever decide to do stand-up comedy!!

Apr 12, 2018 09:43 AM #23
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Laughing at Candice's comment - of course. You are so right, there is not a heck of a lot we can do about things out of our control. You have the answers. I might say a naughty word ( out loud!) when a post disappears, but then it's back in perspective and I move on - quickly. 

Apr 12, 2018 02:22 PM #24
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Maria... you certainly handled it better than I would... then again I can swear in at least three or four languages and would use a situation like this as an excuse to do so. 

Apr 12, 2018 02:45 PM #25
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I also learned a long time ago is to backup my work as I go. I do feel that your reasoning behind your four steps are far better but I was just telling you what works for me Maria Sapio 

Apr 13, 2018 05:06 PM #26
Zurple Marketing Team
Zurple - San Diego, CA
Zurple, Client Generation Software for Agents

This is great advice! Sometimes we forget to laugh, but it's always a good idea to clear your mind with something positive before getting back to business.

Apr 16, 2018 12:44 PM #27
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love this Maria! So well written and such great advice. We all experience frustration and knowing how to deal with it so it doesn't destroy us is priceless!

Apr 17, 2018 04:12 PM #28
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Thursday morning, Maria. I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Apr 19, 2018 06:25 AM #29
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Maria, this is so wonderful! Deserves a gold star in my book. I realize that taking 10 deep breaths has a tendency to put my mind and body at ease. It's simple, you can do it anywhere and for free!

A long walk is a must, too. With my dogs! ACtually, I need to go do that right now. 

Apr 19, 2018 08:44 AM #30
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Maria- I do all of what you said but also throw in a curse word or two. It's in my nature. 

Apr 22, 2018 06:01 PM #31
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, I missed your post, and we do feel frustration, and we need to know how to handle it without affecting our health.  

Apr 23, 2018 06:50 AM #32
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Brendon Burchard-Author of "THE CHARGE" and someone who I follow talked about what to do in his video Dealing with Difficult Times in Life

May 09, 2018 09:33 AM #33
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Broker

I put some 80's music on and for some reason gets me going!

May 09, 2018 01:13 PM #34
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Well, after 2 hours of writing, I'd be more than a little upset if the computer crashed. Changing the environment always worked best when my kids were little and it still works for me now.

May 09, 2018 07:27 PM #35
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