Have you ever heard of HALT BS before? It’s something one of my therapists taught me. HALT BS and the drama triangle (another topic for another time) are two of the main things I took away from my sessions with her. Learning about these two things changed my life.

HALT BS stands for:

  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired
  • Bored
  • Stressed

Why is HALT BS so important that it changed my life? If you feel or are in any of these states of being, then you’re more likely to relapse into your self-destructive routines, whatever they may be. Some of my self-destructive routines include:

  • Overeating
  • Over sleeping
  • Being anti-social
  • Negative self-talk
  • Going into victim (part of the drama triangle I mentioned above)
  • Being codependent

When I first learned about HALT BS, I didn’t really understand it or believe it. However, seeing how I’ve relapsed into my selt destructive routines time and time again, how true being emotionally aware really does affect my mental illnesses and all that entails.

I relapse most often when I feel one of these emotions. All of these emotions really affect me. It’s really important for me to take care of myself and make sure I’m getting the sleep I need, following my keto diet, taking time to decompress when I’m stressed, etc. Otherwise, my anxiety and depression creep in much more easily than if my defenses were in place.

I love that it’s HALT BS formed with these emotions not another phrase. It helps me remember to stop, think, and act instead of just acting, which is something I do a lot, toward my self-destructive tendencies and what’s “normal” for me right now. It helps me remember that I’m continually working to change my normal so that positive and healthy behaviors become second nature to me.

8 replies
  1. Suey
    Suey says:

    Good stuff to think about. Also frustrating as it seems like one might be experiencing at least one of these all the time! Tired, especially comes to mind. LOL.

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I agree. Sometimes it’s hard not to experience one of these at any given moment. I think, however, it’s easier to combat one than it is to combat multiple. Plus, if we have tools to combat them, then they become a little easier to deal with.


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