Curb Impulsivity! Whether you're in addiction recovery or simply struggle with things like over shopping, overeating, speaking without thinking, or acting out in anger: HALT for this quick self-check. To circumvent acts of impulsivity, we have to interrupt our behaviors, long enough to reflect on what's really going on in the moment, and hopefully put different choices in action. Your overall state of being really impacts the choices that you make.
Hunger makes you less agreeable, more inclined to smoke, drink, and act just plain cranky. Make sure that you are eating nutritiously, on some kind of regular routine. Keeping your blood sugar stabilized helps you make better diet and financial decisions over the long haul; no more impulsive buys of sugary snacks that add to your waistline AND less overspending at the grocery store. Keep you "gas tank" full for smoother sailing.
Why so serious? Most of the time, anger is a secondary emotion, which means that you're acting angry in response to some underlying thought, feeling, or situation. Are you really frustrated? Upset? Annoyed? Whatever it is, get to the root of the problem. Life is too short to be stomping around like a troll all the time. Step back, relax, smile, and let the negativity melt away.
The subconscious mind has this nasty little habit of masking problems by covering them up with something else. If you find yourself doing things in excess with no real end, is it possible that you're really just craving some human interaction? Build in time, on a regular basis, to do something social; lunch with friends, a scheduled family phone call, or join an activity group to take yourself out of your own head for awhile; humans are MEANT to be social (and no, getting on social media doesn't count here). Feeling lonely is a choice; not a fact.
It seems that I am always on my soapbox for advocating quality sleep habits, but the truth is; it's REALLY important. A little pre-planning can effectively set you up for success all day long and curb the pesky behaviors that you're trying to stay away from. You know the recommendation that you should get around 8 hours of sleep every night, but there's no time like the present to take steps toward making that goal a reality. Adequate sleep helps with clarity of mind, overall awareness, and the increased ability to not push yourself past your reasonable limits. Catch some Zzzz's.
Physical health, emotions, and yearning are part of everyone's daily life. Those who are most successful at reaching their goals and living a happy, healthy life, take the time to cover all of their bases. So, cover your bases, HALT when necessary, and live the life that you deserve; you're worth it!
Recovery IS Possible!
Meg Glidden, M.S., NCC