“HALT - In the Heat of the Moment”
Sounds silly, right? But this one strategy has changed my life.
How many decisions made in haste do you wish you could take back?
There are often times when we make rash or quick decisions and when we look back on them we say, “Why did I do that?”Or “Why did I eat that?”
Sometimes it’s because we’re bored, and other times it’s because we are looking to fill a void or find a purpose. Life seems to be out of control sometimes and there is little we can do to influence life events but we can manage parts of our own life with a few tools.
There have been many times in my life that I’d wished I had avoided impulsive decisions or reactions that sometimes have had long-lasting effects. I’ve learned that my regrets or poor choices can be avoided or managed better when I remember to H.A.L.T and S.T.O.P.
HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
Usually, when I make poor choices or decisions it’s a result of one of these triggers. It may seem silly but there is real wisdom in this small acronym; HALT. By taking the time to figure out the reason we’re about to do something, we can usually avoid poor choices.
Next time you’re “In the heat of the moment”, try this:
Ask yourself “Am I hungry? (yes/no), angry? (yes/no), lonely? (yes/no), tired? (yes/no)”
If you’re hungry maybe something to eat or a simple glass of water, if you’re angry maybe stepping away from the situation to get a better perspective, if you’re lonely maybe call a friend and if you’re tired maybe go to bed, have a nap or sleep on it overnight.
STOP stands for Stop, Think (breathe), Observe then Proceed
Rather than being reactive and regretting what we’ve said or done later, we can become more proactive at handling the inevitable challenges of life by implementing the above!
Last year I worked on implementing these strategies into my life for everything that I do and today looking back I can only smile because I see the positive impact and changes it has brought me and those around me.
These strategies can be applied to almost every area of your life! The next time you are in the “heat of the moment” remember to HALT and STOP before making any decisions!
“You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes but never regret.” –Anonymous
Prepared by Holly Helton
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