When people ask me how to be more mindful I tell them they need to STOP.
Using a short acronym like S.T.O.P. makes it easier for people to remember, so it’s really effective when you want to apply it to everyday situations.
S stands for Stop. When you become aware that you are feeling stressed or anxious say STOP either out loud or to yourself.
T stands for Take a few slow mindful breaths.
O stands for Observe. Just observe your present experience including your thoughts, feelings and emotions – but do it without judgement.
P stands for Proceed. Now that you are feeling more calm, proceed with what you were doing, but do it more mindfully.
Just noticing that you are feeling stressed or anxious is the first step in becoming more mindful.
This technique only takes a minute – so why don’t you STOP right now and give it a try!
1 MINDFUL MINUTE
For more great tips and techniques click here to view the other video’s in this free video series. These short videos contain practical strategies you can use to incorporate 1 Mindful Minute into your daily activities. You can do these activities at home, at work, in the car …. You can basically do them anywhere!
Remember, it only takes a minute to be mindful!