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HALT I AM ME! Emotional First Aid

Feel like giving up? Don’t just yet. While the solution to your problem may be complicated, the solution to your feeling may not be.

HALT is an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. Originally it was used in the recovery community as a checklist of possible reasons for desiring alcohol. Many others have found it helpful for relieving stress.

While HALT is helpful, I believe there are four other factors that make us feel powerless, and more likely to make decisions we’ll regret. I AM ME fills in the missing links. It stands for Illness, Altered Mood, Mastery and Exercise.


Hungry. Eat a healthy snack or meal.

Angry. Don’t give up out of anger, it will pass.

Lonely. Socialize- even if you don’t feel like it.

Tired. Physical fatigue breeds emotional fatigue- take a rest.

Illness. Take care of your body.

Altered Mood. If you’re feeling like giving up, avoid mood altering drugs.

Mastery. Do something that gives you a sense of mastery.

Exercise. Get your body moving, your motivation will follow.

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