a simple notion that has a huge impact on well-being.
Taking the time to intentionally check-in seems like an easy concept, however with a world full of distractions, taking time for one’s self is often placed on the back burner. H.A.L.T. has become a simple reminder for my clients to evaluate themselves before acting on emotions. Hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. These four states of being often inhibit us from responding to a situation from an authentic place, leading to impulsive reactions which we later regret.
For one particular client, H.A.L.T. has been a life changing concept. When first entering treatment, he/she was struggling hunger from restrictive eating, anxiety that interfered with the ability to sleep and loneliness from constantly living to please others. Through intentional reflection and tending to one’s self there has been a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms, increase in regular eating, true connection formed with others, and a new found motivation to accomplish several long-held professional aspirations.
While I provided the accountability and some basic knowledge, it was the client who provided the hard work and determination to grow their life in a more fulfilling direction. The payoff has been exponential. Their progress is a reminder even to myself. It is incredibly simple yet so important. Take the time to H.A.L.T. and check in: Are your emotions being influenced because you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired? What can you do right now to change that?