Feeling mad or cranky? Afraid you might hurt your baby or do
something rash? Whenever you feel out of sorts, think, “HALT.”
- Hungry – Have you missed breakfast? Is it mealtime, but you’re
running late? Stop what you’re doing. Eat something—an apple, a
sandwich or the meal you have prepared.
- Angry – Are you angry about something? Stop what you’re doing.
Think back to what made you angry. Maybe the car broke down. Maybe
someone hurt your feelings. Accept your angry feelings, but don’t act
them out. Count to 10. Take a few deep breaths. Your angry feelings
will pass, and things will get better.
- Lonely – Are you lonely? Do you feel you spend all your time with your
baby and few grown-ups? Stop what you’re doing. Call a friend. Take
your baby and visit a neighbor. Be with people who care about you.
- Tired – Are you tired? Maybe you didn’t sleep well last night. Maybe
you have worked hard all day. Stop what you’re doing. Put your baby
in the crib or another safe place. Sit with your feet up and relax for a
few minutes. Or forget about chores and go to bed early.
Thinking “HALT” can often pinpoint what’s wrong. It can prevent you from
doing something you will regret later. It reminds you to take care of
yourself and do what is best for your baby.
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