STOP Method

Stress Relief Tool – S.T.O.P. Method

Worried you might lose your temper with someone? Try this simple process for near immediate stress relief.

We’ve all been in a stressful situation when we lose our temper and say something we later wish we hadn’t said, and then we worry over the ramifications of our actions.

Fortunately, there is a solution to avoid this from happening in the future, and it’s called the S.T.O.P. method:1

  • Stop what you are doing when you feel your emotions being triggered, and excuse yourself from the situation.
  • Take a few deep breaths.
  • Observe what is going on inside your mind and body—your thoughts, emotions and physical response.
  • Proceed once you have processed your physical and mental reaction to the situation.

After you have completed the S.T.O.P. method, consider talking to a friend, getting a cup of tea, or taking a short walk before returning to the scene of the crime. You will be refreshed and thinking more rationally.


  1. Goldstein, E. – Stressing Out? S.T.O.P.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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