Advice | Working Through My Woes

Erin Green
4 min readDec 24, 2022
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I usually look to incoming blog submissions for questions to answer in the weekly column and trust me; there is no short supply of titillating queries.

  • My husband’s family hates me; what should I do?
  • How do I apologize to my best friend for making a racist joke?
  • I’m struggling with FOMO; how do I get better at being alone?

And as much as I’d love to resolve The Case of the Corrupt Coworker that has been fixed at the top of my inbox, this week I’m taking on a question from a much closer source… myself.

That’s right, this week, we needn’t look any further than my crumbling existence for inspiration. After all, how reliable is a budding advice columnist who can’t admit to needing advice from time to time? With that, I submit the following question for consideration by the group and myself:



They say misery loves company, but they must not have met me yet, because it appears that I have cornered the market on miserable moments, as valid as each may be. Instead of settling into another day of mopping with tears rolling down my especially rotund jaw, I’m going to share three ways that I intend to work through my woes. Hopefully, they’ll help you work through yours as well.

1. Talk Pretty to Me

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash

If negative self-talk were a career, I’d have found my calling by now. In fact, it is my unique gift for self-degradation that drove me to become a self-care and personal growth advocate. My mom used to say, “if you wouldn’t let someone else disrespect you that way, why would you do it to yourself?”

It’s true. I would never allow a supervisor to belittle me for making a mistake or be overly criticized…

Erin Green

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