It’s Okay to Acknowledge Problems

It’s Okay to Acknowledge Problems

In this mini, Dr. H reminds us that it’s okay to complain and be upset about a situation (like the pandemic). But then you have to pick yourself up, make a plan and follow it!

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Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our producer is Sarah Guertin and our recording engineer/editor is Scott Persson.

This episode was originally released in April 2020.

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A transcript of this episode is below.


Dr. Ned Hallowell:
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Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Hello, this is Dr. Ned Hallowell with a mini episode of Distraction. As we soldier on through the Coronavirus pandemic that has settled in upon the nation in a sort of viral fog. We get many, many messages reassuring us that things will work out and urging us to be positive in our approach and to buck each other up. And those messages have certainly been coming from me, as well as almost everyone else who offers messages.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
But I want it to just sound a little bit of a permission, if you will, to complain. You don’t have to go around pretending that everything’s fine. Everything’s going to work out. Things are terrible. Businesses are failing right and left. People are going out of business. People are losing their livelihoods, not to mention their lives, but short of the loss of life, which is of course tragic, much more common is the loss of business and economic hardship. And I just think, you got to be able to complain about that. Acknowledge it before you get on to the positive thinking and all that. There’s nothing negative about acknowledging a problem. In fact, there’s something very good about acknowledging a problem. And it’s also good for the soul and the nervous system in general, to let off steam, to say, “God. Dang, this is awful.”

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
I don’t like this. And complain. Get mad at God. Get mad at whoever you get mad at. Say, “why? What did we do to deserve this?” And of course the answer is nothing. This is not a punishment. This is a phenomenon of viral behavior that maybe could have been prevented. But whatever. We are in the midst of it, and it’s pretty darn yucky. It’s pretty darn awful. And I just want to reassure you that it’s okay to say that. Feel it. Say it. Complain together. One of my mottos is, never worry alone. Well, never complain alone. You find other people that complain together, raise a protest against nature, against viruses. And then of course, get on with the business of helping each other out and trying to move in a positive and constructive direction. But with this mini episode, I just wanted to give you permission to do the obvious, which is to complain, be upset, acknowledge how up against it.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So many of us are. And then look around and try to find the solutions that will, with the passage of time, lead us out of this viral fog. Until then, I look forward to connecting with you soon. This is Dr. Ned Hallowell for Distraction. I’d like to thank our new sponsor. Actually, our new-old sponsor who re-sign up. OmegaBrite CBD for supporting this podcast. I take it every day and I highly recommend it. It’s formulated by Dr. Carol Locke of Harvard Medical School and her company, OmegaBrite Wellness, who have created the number one Omega-3 supplements for the past 20 years, which I also take, as does my wife, Sue. OmegaBrite CBD is safe, third-party tested. And I am here to tell you it works. I honestly just started it at about three weeks ago and it is definitely made me feel more even… Find OmegaBrite CBD online at OmegaBriteWellness.com. So you go to O-M-E-B-G-A-B-R-I-T-E Wellness.com and then look for the CBD product.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Okay. Remember to reach out to us with your comments. Share your thoughts with us by writing an email or recording a voice memo and sending it to [email protected] That’s [email protected] Distraction is created by Sounds Great Media. Our recording engineer and editor is, the always impeccable and delightful Pat Keogh. And our producer is the lovely and always full of ideas, Sarah Guertin.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
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