The key to maintaining a life of balance is to practice a combination of self-care and self-awareness. One of the tools some people use is called HALT. There are a host of factors that can send us into a downward spiral of negative thoughts and actions. This handy acronym reminds us to take a moment (HALT) and ask ourselves how we are feeling. This tool can help us pause throughout our day, practice self-care, and nip those anxious thoughts and potential self-destructive behaviors in the bud. It can help us remain or return to being objective.
Here’s how it works: Before you make an impulsive or big decision, ask yourself, “Am I…
Hungry – “Do I need something physically or emotionally?”
Find what will fill you.
Angry – “What is causing me to feel this way?”
Lonely – “Am I having difficulty connecting with others?”
Tired – “When was the last time I took a break?”
Slow down and breathe.
Fortunately, hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness are easy to address and serve as a warning system before things reach their breaking point. For those recovering from addiction, paying closer attention to feelings can help prevent relapse. HALT can serve as a reminder to all of us that we need to take care of our basic needs every day. Honestly assessing how you feel only takes a minute.
We are grateful for this recent client testimony:
“For as long as I can remember; my anxiety and emotions have controlled every aspect of my life. Holistic counseling with Simply Grace has been life changing. It has helped me let go of all those negative emotions that I have carried for years. I have been able to trust in God’s plan for my life instead of letting anxiety get in the way. Ken and Debbie take the time to walk with you on your journey, providing exactly what you need at the right time, leaning on God the entire way.
I highly recommend this type of counseling to anyone I know because it is crazy how our emotions from past experiences affect daily life. It is so incredible to be able to be free of the emotions that have held me back for so long and live the life God has intended for me.
I have been so pleased with the way I handle stressful situations now. The little things that I would allow to ruin my day, week, etc., no longer have power over me. I have learned to give myself grace and let go of the idea that I have to be perfect all the time.” – K.B., Roswell, GA
“All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.” – Deut. 28:1-6 (The Message)