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Stress: The HALT Questions


I feel like a failure when clothes—dirty and clean—are spilling out of my laundry room.  When my husband looks for his vitamins that I forgot to pick up.  When my daughter falls behind in her school’s reading program because I didn’t make it to the library.  In short, I feel like a failure, a lot!

So, what’s a discouraged and disorganized mom to do? When you feel stressed, when you feel overwhelmed, when you feel you just can't handle everything that's on your plate, check in with yourself and be sure your basic needs are being met. Ask yourself the HALT questions.

 Hungry

Am I hungry?  Physically, have I eaten enough today?  Have I eaten healthy foods that will energize me, or have I filled up on sweets, caffeine and empty calories?  While you're checking your hunger, check your thirst level too. 

 Angry

What's your emotional state?  Is there something bothering you that's festering below the surface and it's impacting how you're feeling and acting?  Ask yourself why you're feeling angry and what you can do about it.  Also, use this chart to see if PMS is the problem.  PMS can make us feel like things are worse than they are.

 Lonely

Are you feeling lonely, unloved or emotionally drained?  How are the primary relationships in your life?

 Tired

How much sleep did you get last night?  How much sleep are you averaging each night?  If your body is tired, your mind will be tired also.  A tired mind and body are not well-equipped to handle the pressures of the day.

So, once you've asked yourself the HALT questions, you can acknowledge how deficits in those four areas could be affecting your thinking and behavior.

 

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Pillow Talk: 

When's the last time you felt like you didn't do a good job, or didn't do your best?

 

 

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