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Frustrated and Grouchy

Dear Highlights,
How can I stop being grouchy when I feel frustrated?
Shayna (by e-mail)

Sometimes, simply walking away from a frustrating situation can help you feel less grouchy. Getting some fresh air and exercise, listening to music, reading a book, or playing a game can help you improve your mood and put things in perspective. If you can’t walk away, close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. You may think more clearly and react with less grouchiness after taking a break.

It may also be helpful to remind yourself that some things aren’t worth getting upset about. Will this frustrating situation matter tomorrow? If not, then perhaps you can decide not to get upset. If you can’t help feeling frustrated and grouchy, ask your parents for their suggestions. They may be able to help out with the things that are frustrating you.

Art by: Keith Frawley

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