We All Need to Remember to HALT

I grew up with constant reminders from my mom (via Dr. Charles Stanley) to “HALT.” I will (hesitantly) admit that by nature, I’m a perfectionist, and I tend to be quite anxious and high-strung, particularly when it comes to completing tasks. I always have been, so this reminder was very necessary for me, even as a young child. I regularly pushed myself to the limit, and I sometimes find myself in that same position as an adult.

I had one of those moments last night, and it wasn’t until this morning that I realized what my problem was: I let myself get too tired, so my emotions were simply out of control; I shed tears over a situation that was completely (and easily) manageable this morning, after a good night’s rest.

We’re all human, and we all have a tendency, at some point or another, to push ourselves to and beyond our limits, which isn’t healthy for us or for those around us. So as simple as the concept may seem, when you feel yourself coming unglued, try to remember to stop and ask:

Have I let myself get too:

  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired

Letting any one of these get out of balance can truly lead to our undoing, and as difficult as it may be, it’s so important to keep ourselves in check, as much as possible.

Lots of times, we may not even realize why we’re agitated, on edge, easily annoyed, snapping at those closest to us, you name it! Just four simple letters that make up one simple word, and it only takes a moment to check in with yourself.

Take that moment. You’re worth it.

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