Our functioning fluctuates day-by-day and even hour-by-hour; it is reflected in a sense of wellbeing and the ability to be productive and effective. How well we function reflects the balance between our satisfactions and our frustrations.
Think of satisfactions as all those things, both inner and outer, that nourish our sense of self. Frustrations are all the blockages that obstruct our sense of movement, progress and expansion.
FUNCTIONING = SATISFACTIONS FRUSTRATIONS
When our satisfactions are high, we experience a sense of buoyancy, effectiveness and optimism. When our satisfactions are low, we feel depleted, detached and unmotivated.
When our frustrations are high, we experience a sense of hopelessness, anxiety, anger and pessimism. When our frustrations are too low, we feel bored, unchallenged and uncreative.
A good life balance has enough satisfaction to create a positive mind-frame and enough frustration to create a sense of challenge and accomplishment.
Satisfactions come from a sense of connection, engagement, accomplishment and acknowledgement in different areas of our life and experience. Examples include:
- Self esteem
- Intimate relationships
- Religious and spiritual practices
- Family and friends
- Community involvement
- Leisure activities, exercise and vacations
- Hobbies and passions
Frustrations arise in the same areas of our life as above but we experience:
- Being blocked and stuck
- Feeling unproductive
- Having low energy and ill health
- Feeling unsupported, judged and criticized
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Procrastinating and avoiding
- Feeling anxious or hopeless