The STOP method is a mental health trick that can be used to get us through any stressful situation. Each letter in STOP gives us an opportunity to relive our stress, lets learn a little more about it.
S: Stop what you're doing , press the pause button on your thoughts and actions. Be still.
T: Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and bring yourself fully into the present moment.
What physical sensations are you aware of? What are you feeling right now? What assumptions are you making about your feelings? What is the STORY you are telling yourself about what you've observed?
P: Proceed with whatever you were doing making a conscious , intentional choice to incorporate what you just learned about yourself.
When using this method you will have an opportunity to turn a stressful situation around and make it better. It keeps you from SAYING or DOING something you'll regret late and this method can take from 1-2 minutes.
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Brandlyn Owens is passionate about exploring and educating herself and others about mental health topics. She's a momma of 2 kiddos and she resides in Durham, NC.