H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)
When we find ourselves struggling emotionally, one of the ways we can help ourselves is by being aware of what is going on in our internal world. The acronym H.A.L.T. (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) can be useful for us to remember to stop and asses what may be upsetting us, if we are not initially in touch with what is bothering us.
If we are hungry, are we physically or emotionally hungry? If we are physically hungry, then eating a healthy meal or snack can meet our need in the moment. If we are emotionally hungry, we need to reach out to those in our support system, whether it be family, friends, neighbors or co-workers to receive the human connection we are longing for. Reaching out to meet with God during these times can be beneficial. We may need to beef up our support system if we have a limited number of people to call upon.
If we are angry, it will be helpful to express our anger in healthy ways. We can journal, talk to a friend, hit or scream into a pillow or we could exercise as a way to reduce the energy and process our anger.
If we are lonely, we need to reach out to others, God and/or get involved in activities involving other people. We can feel lonely in a crowd or a room of people. So the idea is not to simply be around people but to have meaningful connections with others to reduce our sense of loneliness.
If we are tired, it will be helpful to stop and take a break to rest or sleep. Experiencing any one of these states in the H.A.L.T. acronym can cause us to become more vulnerable to struggling emotionally. Telling ourselves, “I can do something about this,” can pave way for us to receive the needed relief and reduce our sense of struggling emotionally in the moment.
Excerpt taken from the following article; “HALT: The Dangers of Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and Tiredness” Bradford Health Services. Retrieved from bradfordhealth.com/halt-hunger-anger-loneliness-tiredness/.