You'll sometimes hear people talk about "acceptance" as a way to deal with situations that are out of our control. That idea can sound impossible or even offensive at first. How are you supposed to "accept" a completely unacceptable situation?
Here's the thing: acceptance doesn't mean being okay with everything that's happening. It means understanding that, yes, this is really, really hard. This is a scary situation, and a lot of things are out of our control.
That can come with some hard feelings. Fear, anger, grief, and, if we choose, many small moments of connection and humanity – these will all be normal experiences in the weeks ahead. Part of acceptance is being gentle with yourself and others when hard feelings arise.
These views are Dr. Hallion's alone. These posts are for informational purposes only and are not medical advice. Dr. Hallion is not able to respond to individuals, but will try to address common questions in later blog posts.