5 Ways to Fool Away Frustration
If music isn't really your thing, you can direct your mind to other everyday things rather than wallow in the negative thoughts. Cooking is a good option here just because it requires concentration so that you don't burn the pasta (oh yes, it is possible!) or if you like trying new flavour combinations. Or just because the fact is that when you feed yourself your spirits also rise, no matter what.
Doing sports is the best and the most favourite way to let off some steam. And I must admit, even though I don't do much sports anymore, that it really does work! But even if you don't own a gym membership or even a air of running trousers you can always go for a walk. Especially in Finland we have parks, forests and running tracks everywhere close, even Helsinki consists of a lot of woods. Fresh air clears the mind, always. Even if you would be contemplating the issues that annoy you presently, you probably process the issues so thoroughly in your mind while walking that when returning home they're not such big issues any more.
The best cure for stress forever and always are animals! It is a scientifically proven fact that stroking a dog, for example, lowers stress levels considerably. Even if you don't own any pets some of your friends or family surely do. Alternatively you could take the bull by the horns properly and go to a zoo or to a local animal rescue unit to help out with taking care of the inhabitants, walking the dogs for example. These days there are options for those also who suffer from animal allergies; there are all sorts of "toy" pets (robots I think they call them) that have the same effect on our stress levels as live animals. They must be quite costly, though, but I know such things are used in some elderly homes in Finland.
- Directing your thoughts somewhere else
Change is usually a good thing, so even with small changes, like changing the order of your furniture at home or thinking where you would like to travel next you can easily direct your thoughts elsewhere at least for some time. And when that eventually leads to concrete actions, like you booking the next weekend trip to Prague, the things that an hour ago annoyed you so much have suddenly changed into happy anticipation.