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Soothe Emotions with DBT STOP Skill

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Dr. Liz Slonena
Mindful Hypnotherapist & Sleep Expert
Emotions out of control? This is a quick and effective DBT distress tolerance skill to unwind & access your Wise Mind. STOP stands for: Stop, Take a Breathe & Step Back, Observe, & Proceed Mindfully. This skill is great for when you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, and in need of grounding that you can use on the go. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that is backed by decades of research that helps teach people how to live in the present moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, improve their relationships with others, and regulate their emotions. Dr. Liz Slonena
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6 reflections
This session didn’t gel with me unfortunately. I don’t know how it’s any different than normal meditation with a fancy name.
The STOP method
I heard about DBT from a friend today. I really followed this lesson closely and it was effective in calming my thoughts. I want to explore this further. Your voice is so soft and your guidance was gentle. Thank you. I look forward to learning more. 😊
Just breathe
Sometimes u just need to remind myself to just breathe and observe my emotions.
DBT: STOP Method
It was nice to go over this again. What a great idea to use this in many different situations. However, it is easier said than done. So this was a refresher course for me. 😁
I use this regularly pretty good for getting level. I am trying to work through whether a good friendship is worth saving after a shared kiss. The awkwardness is unbearable and my mind keeps bouncing back and forth. This is helpful to not let my thoughts run away from me as I process this
STOP meditation technique
Stop what you’re doing and bring yourself to the present moment. Take a few breaths. Observe your thoughts, see if they are in the past or future. If they are, gently bring them back to the present moment. Then Proceed. A good way to reset.
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