There was a time when I, too, lived, breathed, and slept brain frazzled, and it didn’t always have to do with year-end celebrations, either. You can only get out of a trap when you figure out that you’re in one—and take steps to change that. As I learned more about brain function I decided enough was enough. (And avoid texting me to say it’s impossible to get out of the trap. If I could do it—the way I was raised—anyone can!) In a nutshell, the term brain frazzled has everything to do with expectations; yours as well as those of others. It often results from running on the treadmill of life and failing to take time to analyze not only what is really important to you personally but also how you can extract the meaning of a celebration without getting immersed in all the merchandizing, decorating, and partying melodrama. The paradox is that being brain frazzled can occur from following ‘traditions,’ giving little if any thought to whether or not they work for you—if ever they did.