HALT Before You Make Decisions

As you may know, I attended a workshop for the last week plus.  While there, I had a suitemate, Micky; we shared an apartment on the center's grounds and attended sessions and meals together.  We spent a lot of our free time talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. 

The other night, when I shared how bad "food moodies" can get in my house, she shared something with me, regarding her process on evaluating your state of mind for decision making--and I thought it was so smart, you should also know (come to find out, it's also a published idea that I also found here; I don't know who exactly is the originator of the idea, but it is wonderful, so I had to share)...


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Sometimes, we make quick decisions.  Sometimes those quick decisions demonstrate our genius and self-reliance, but often, quick decisions, without consideration of other factors can result in disaster.  If you have a decision to make--and it concerns your life/ well-being/ happiness, you could use a few tips to insure you make good choices for yourself.

HALT before you make decisions; consider whether you are:

Hungry
Angry
Lonely
Tired

Now that you see them, you know how these are both simple and mind-blowing.  We've all made a poor decision as a result of one or more of these conditions.  The beauty, however, is we can change that!

If you are hungry, grabbing a healthy snack will help you make a better decision.  If you're angry, slowing and calming down will only aid in your decision-making process.  If you're lonely, reaching out to those who love and support you will help you know you can make sound decisions for yourself.  If you're tired, you know rest--or even a full night's sleep--will help you make the best decision.

Jotting this advice down for yourself can help remind you when you need it most.  It is easy to fall prey to poor decision making, but if you slow down and mindfully reflect on how you're feeling, you will begin to make better decisions and make decisions better than you had previously.

With so many other adult skills, this may be a process you need to [re]learn, but once you do, you'll see the benefit in your own life.

Happy HALTing!

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