S.T.O.P. Stress Management Technique
Stress is something that we all experience. When you’re stressed, you may experience physical symptoms associated with the stress response, such as increased heart rate, sweaty palms, or a clenched jaw. If you notice these and starting to feel overwhelmed, just remember to S.T.O.P.
S.T.O.P. is an acronym for “Stop, Take a breath, Observe, and Proceed”. First, when you feel you are becoming overwhelmed or stressed, try saying to yourself “Stop”. This will help bring you back into the present moment and allow you to respond thoughtfully rather than react. Next, take a deep breath. Notice your breathing and become aware of how the air moves in through your nose and out of your mouth. This also helps to active the relaxation response, which in turn helps to deactivate the stress response. Then, with curiosity and without judgment, observe your thoughts, emotions or physical reactions. Know that these are natural, and that it’s okay to feel angry, sad, overwhelmed, etc. Finally, mindfully consider how you would like to respond, and proceed. This technique in mindfulness is a great strategy that anyone can use during times of stress!
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