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When I encounter frustrations, may I learn to breathe through them
I’m pretty sure that for five years in a row, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more patient. Patience has certainly never been one of my strong suits. I get frustrated so easily. And then I get frustrated at myself for being so easily frustrated! It’s a vicious cycle and one that’s very hard to break. So this year, instead of making a resolution to be more patient, I am making an intention to work on breathing through frustrations in life.
I’ve spent so long wishing I was wired a different way. But at the end of last year, I realized it’s healthier for me to accept certain things about myself and learn how to work through them. Getting frustrated is one of these things. Instead of blowing up or getting anxious or taking my grievances out on others, I want to learn to breathe through my frustrations. Simply taking a deep inhale, holding it for a moment and slowly letting my breath go has majorly helped. It calms down my brain and lets me work through the problem in a calmer manner.
Another thing I want to do more of this year is art. I used to paint all the time to work through emotions (the painting in these photos is the one that hangs in my living room). To me, painting is like a magical therapy, where I sit on my balcony, building layers of oil paint with my paint brushes on a blank canvas. I’ve blamed my lack of painting on lack of time. But I already bought a sketchpad and pencils for 2020. So even if I don’t have the time to get messy and paint I can still sketch. I hope this creative outlet allows me to have a calmer mind and makes breathing through frustrations much easier this year.
“All frustrations are self-induced.
The outside world can invite us to become upset,
but we ultimately accept the invitation.”