The STOP Method

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by , Monday June 3, 2019
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The STOP Method

FOR WHEN YOU ARE FEELING LOW

The STOP Method is about creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment. It is very helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. 

When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure.

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Stop. Physically, literally, stop moving. Stop whatever you are doing. Freeze in space. Take a step back from whatever you are doing, if you feel comfortable. Stop engaging with whatever it is you are doing.

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Take a breath (or many). Inhale for five seconds, pause at the top of your breath, then exhale for seven seconds. Focus only on breathing. Take as long as you need.

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Observe. Pay attention to any unease you feel in your body. Scan from head to toe. Observe your heart rate or any areas of restlessness. What emotions are you feeling? Name them. What is going on in your environment? Is it loud or quiet? 

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Proceed with purpose. What is it that you need right now? Is it rest? Food? What is realistically manageable right now? What is going to serve you right now? Is it getting back to work for 20 minutes? Calming down with a shower? Decide what is in your best interest and commit to it.

 

- Alittlebubble <3 

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