Why meeting our needs is important
Did you know that when our basic needs aren’t met, we lose our ability to think rationally and logically? When we neglect ourselves, we’re not able to participate in our lives fully. When we let ourselves get run-down, we no longer have the ability to think clearly and so it isn’t possible to make good decisions.
Using the acronym HALT is an excellent way to check in with ourselves. Redirecting our focus, paying attention to and meeting our own needs are necessary steps to take when learning to break free from codependency.
The acronym HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. When we stop and think of HALT, it can remind us to check in and see if we have any unmet needs before we react in any situation.
Applying the acronym HALT or The HALT Method to our lives is a way of setting a healthy boundary. It’s a reminder that we need to take care of our basic needs. When we go without food or sleep, or we isolate or don’t attend to stressors, it taxes our emotional limits.
Using HALT is a very simple way to alert us to pay attention to our own self-care. When we feel HALTed it means that we need to give ourselves some attention. Feeling HALTed means that we should stop what we’re doing and come back to it only after we’ve taken care of the unmet need.