S.T.O.P

S = Stop⁠⠀

T = Take a breath⁠⠀

O = Observe⁠⠀

P = Proceed⁠⠀

⁠Anytime you start to feel stress or anxiety creep up use the acronym, STOP!!!⁠⠀

⁠Stop! Take a nice deep inhale through the nose. Notice how the air is cool as it enters the nostrils. Now take a nice long exhale out of the nose. Notice that the air is now warm. Take another deep breath in through the nose, but this time on your exhale open the mouth and let it go, finding release and relaxation. Observe where you are. Observe your thoughts and emotions. Observe how the physical body feels. Now proceed. ⁠⠀

⁠Use this acronym any time you feel the need to bring your body and mind back into balance.⁠⠀

⁠I have found that this simple little exercise has taught me how to respond to stress more effectively. It allows me to have more control over how I react and shortens the amount of time stress and anxiety has “control” over the present moment. ⁠⠀

⁠Save this blog post so you can come back to it anytime stress or anxiety starts creeping up, and share it with others that might find it useful. Happy Monday.

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