During the holidays, many of us take on extra responsibilities. Even if these include celebrating welcome traditions, inevitably the celebrations also create added pressures, as we try to fit in the traditions with all the other more routine things we need to do.
When I was a child, as much as I loved the decorating and the baking, I dreaded the seemingly inevitable point at which my mother would ‘lose it’ when she was overwhelmed.
My friend and colleague Connie Hertz introduced me recently to the concept of H.A.L.T. which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
When you lose your temper or your cool, isn’t it often simply because you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired?
When you first notice a creeping sense of overwhelm during the holidays, what would happen if you took steps to take care of yourself?
Could you deal with H.A.L.T. by:
- Combating hunger by eating something?
- Addressing your anger by taking a moment to walk away and breathe?
- Alleviating your loneliness by calling a friend?
- Reducing your tiredness by napping or doing something restful?
Holidays are meant to be joyful. Don’t let yourself get rundown under the added activities!
May we pursue our paths, halting overwhelm and remembering to give ourselves the T.L.C. we need,