When you are feeling stressed, just STOP…

With so much uncertainty around us at the moment, our Personal Progression Tutor, Charlotte, has been busy sharing her top tips for coping with stress. Charlotte is keen on using journaling to manage emotions and practice mindfulness, with the process of journaling proven to help with problem solving and grounding, it is something that everyone can embrace whilst self isolating.

There are lots of ways to begin journaling, and once you’ve started, there are many ways to enjoy the process. Charlotte recently suggested that, if you are feeling stressed, you STOP and complete this simple exercise to help calm yourself and regain control.

S – Literally STOP what you are doing.

Put things down for a moment, freeze, and take a step back. The actual activity may be causing you stress.

T – TAKE a few deep breaths. 

Just focus on your breathing and nothing else. You could practice a breathing exercise such a s box breathing, a powerful, yet simple relaxation technique that aims to return breathing to its normal rhythm. Simply breathe in, hold, breathe out, hold, and repeat. Take as long as you need.

O – OBSERVE.

Pay attention to how you really feel. Scan your body from head to toe, noticing any areas of restlessness. Also notice your emotions in the moment, and how they are being expressed.

P – PROCEED with a purpose that will support you.

What will help you right now? A cup of tea? A chat?

What will bring you to a calm place? Practice this and notice change.

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