I’m tired. And when I’m tired my mind starts playing tricks on me. Maybe yours does too. For me, I start thinking the worst. I become negative. I get lazy and lethargic.
Instead of seeing the possible I see the impossible. Everything around me seems really hard, tough and like the world is against me.
The way I’ve been feeling has reminded me of the HALT principle. HALT stands for:
I’m not sure where I came across this, but it’s basically a framework that helps you to stop making rash decisions and spiralling out of control. The idea is that if you’re feeling a bit flat or irritable, it could be because one (or more) of those four emotions are wreaking havoc.
So, if you’re feeling hungry, angry, lonely or tired, it’s a good idea to just step back and do the opposite. If you’re hungry, eat something, lonely then chat to a friend. Even if you’re angry, get some energy release by doing some kind of physical activity.
It’s amazing how accurate those four things have been for me over my life. I know that when I’m feeling lonely and disconnected from people, I’m more accustomed to be negative and think the world is about to end. Sounds dramatic, but my whole demeanour gets a little bit blah and I really start to think the worst.
It’s a good little framework to evaluate your life if you discover that you’re feeling flat, negative or just the world is working against you. Try it someday.
What’s your Achilles heal? Hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Let me know in the comments below.