Have you ever heard the acronym HALT? It is a great tool to use when you are struggling and aren’t sure where it’s coming from. It could be as simple as just feeling “off” for a day or two. Or it could be an evening where you just feel like crying and you don’t know why. Basically, with HALT, you ask yourself the following questions:
We all know when we get too hungry we can get cranky and easily upset. This actually is a biological response. Usually our blood sugar is getting low and this causes us to not feel well, have poor concentration, and sometimes impatience.
When we are angry about something or with someone we can feel easily irritated or irritable. Many times we may be angry and don’t even realize it. It could be something that happened a week ago that we are still holding onto. So it’s important when nothing is specifically wrong, but we are feeling bad, to ask ourselves if we are angry about something.
We were all created for relationship and if we isolate ourselves this can lead to depression. It’s important to try to schedule some things with people we enjoy to be with. If we don’t, many times we can feel down or blue and again, not know why. So check in to see if you are isolating yourself.
How many of us can see our motivation levels go down, our tolerance for any type of pain or inconvenience go up, and our moods slide when we are tired? Sleep is so important to keep your mood elevated. Sometimes, if we haven’t been getting enough rest, a good nap can elevate our moods and lift our spirits. A sudden burst of energy can come from even a 15 minute nap. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. It is a natural way to restore our bodies.
This seems so simple- it is!! If you are ever down and not sure why, this is a great tool to use. However, if you can’t seem to get thru it and your Depression seems severe, it is important to seek help. Obviously, at times, there can be more going on than just being hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.
Thank you for reading. I hope this tool will be a great one to pull out of your mental health tool box in the future. Have a great week!
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville