I learned about this acronym in therapy a little over 8 years ago. It’s one of the things I hold dear because it makes the most sense to me. It stands for:

Hungry

Angry

Lonely

Tired

Bored

Stressed

Why’s HALT BS so important? If you feel or are in any of these emotional/physical states of being, then you’re more likely to relapse into your self-destructive tendencies, whatever they may be. For me, they are:

  • Overeating
  • Over sleeping
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Being anti-social
  • Negative self-talk

When I first learned about HALT BS, I didn’t really understand it or believe it. Now that I’ve relapsed into my self-destructive ways several times since I’ve learned about it, I’ve realized how true this concept is. I relapse most often when I’m in one of these states of beings. All of these emotions, except anger, really affect me and push me over the edge, especially boredom.

I love that you can form the acronym HALT BS with these emotions. It helps me to remember to stop, think, and act instead of just continually BSing through life and acting toward my tendencies or what’s “normal” for me in moments of “distress.” It helps me to remember that I’m working to change my “normal” so that positive and healthy behaviors become second nature to me. It also reminds me why self-care is so important. As I’m engaged in one of my self-care methods, it’s harder for these states of beings to creep in and wreak havoc in my life.

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  1. Christina
    Christina says:

    I’m always hungry!! I get stressed out really easily. I don’t know how boredom and ADD correlate but I know I’m always on my phone even when I’m doing other things to stay “busy” so maybe I’m just always bored too?

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