We go through a lot of our lives acting on automatic pilot and out of habit, which can make it difficult to change our behaviors. The STOP exercise can encourage behavioral activation, because it allows us to be more mindful of how we act. It gives us a moment to pause, and then consider what we want to do next. And this makes it more likely that we’re able to choose behaviors that can help relieve depression, instead of just falling into habitual patterns that can contribute to depression, or acting automatically based on our moods and how we feel.
STOP stands for:
- Stop what you’re doing
- Take a step back
We can even add an extra “P” for Plan, to help us choose how we wish to Proceed.
The STOP Excercise
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