Advice on Getting Through It

Robert Frost advises that the best way out is always through. Alanis Morrissette seconds this advice in her song “Out is Through,” proclaiming that the only way out is through. As you are recovering from Thanksgiving, perhaps rejoicing in your success, or perhaps licking your wounds, this is good advice.

The holiday season is famous for being an especially difficult time emotionally. Loved ones are absent from celebrations. Expectations are sky high. Travel brings viruses to packed houses.

So how can we get through a challenging holiday season? There are lots of ways to do this, but the key, I believe, is to be gentle with yourself. Lower your expectations. If you can avoid seeing that person who always makes you feel bad, do so. If you know that you’re going to need comfort food, then hide the scale in your closet and forget about your 1000 calorie a day diet. Making changes to allow yourself to heal will be challenged by others, but hold strong. January 1 will come, and you will have made it through this time intact and just a little bit closer to being healed.