You can use I-Feel Statements to express a frustration.

This format can be helpful.

Format

I feel _(ACTUAL EMOTION)

when (OBSERVABLE EVENT) happens.

What I prefer is ______________ .

What do you think?

Use the word ‘I’ instead of ‘YOU’

By externalizing into the event we can get both people on-side.

It prevents the Blame Game’.

Example

I feel upset when The Mud is spread across the carpet.

I’d prefer it if The Boots were left outside the door.

What do you think?

Actual Feelings

Here are some actual feelings.
Afraid
Sad
Disappointed
Anxious
Suspicious
Surprised
Jealous
Miserable
Confused
Stupid
Angry
Ashamed
Withdrawn

Indifferent
Sorry
Depressed
Enraged
Frightened
Shy
Hopeful
Regretful
Scared
Stubborn
Guilty
Nervous
Embarrassed

Proud
Lonely
Frustrated
Hurt
Tired
Puzzled
Skeptical
Worried