How to Deal With Frustration in a Healthy Way
That the term “catharsis” dates back to ancient Greece suggests humans have been trying to manage their frustrations for a very long time. (Aristotle originally coined the term in his work Poetics to describe an emotional release, or “purification,” felt by audience members watching tragic plays.)
Still, the Greeks have nothing on the modern-day Canadian: as much as a quarter of our workforce reports feeling high levels of stress on the job-and that says nothing of traffic jams, online comment sections and the umpteen other modern annoyances we encounter on a daily basis. It’s not surprising we occasionally have the need to let it all out.
We may feel a sense of satisfaction after unloading our issues on friends, but studies have shown this strategy is ineffective over time. Happily, you can rid yourself of rage in many creative ways without blowing a gasket.