Do you ever H.A.L.T. to help yourself? revisited.

4 May 2014

A frantic phone call from a stranded hubby was a rude awakening for me this morning: "The car's been stolen" (with apologies to anyone who has experienced this). Throwing on some clothes I set off to rescue him, mind whirring, not quite able to believe it. Normal reaction I guess.

By the time I reached him (twenty minutes later) he ruefully admitted that it hadn't been stolen; he had simply walked down the wrong street. Now, when you consider that he had been at an emergency dentist appointment, having hardly slept all night because of the raging toothache and ongoing back ache, then I think you will agree it was not a surprising mistake.

The incident reminded me of Les' excellent post "Do you ever H.A.L.T. to help yourself" Friday 21st March. "The real value of the acronym 'H.A.L.T.' is that when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, it's best not to make any important decisions about what to do, where to go, or your direction in life."

I think that we can also apply H.A.L.T. to everyday life; if we are feeling hungry, thirsty, tired, in pain, aching, sad, angry etc. then we need to allow ourselves time to recover and to regroup. (Hubby has taken himself off for an afternoon rest as I write this and I can hear him laughing over whatever he is reading).

We ask too much of ourselves and of our minds and bodies if we expect to feel happy, positive, energetic, lively etc. all the time. I don't know about you, but I tend to beat myself up for my low moods. We need to give our overworked bodies and minds a chance to recharge. We need to be gentle, accepting and nurturing of ourselves. We need to remind ourselves that "all things pass, and this too will pass in time".


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