I love mnemonics and integrate them in my practice all the time. One that I’ve used with clients is STOP.
STOP from from Spiraling – from Negativity – from Boredom – from Depression – from Panic & Anxiety:
S – Stop what you are doing and pay attention to Sight, Sensation, Sounds, Smells, Senses. Smile at another or within yourself and just have a moment to be yourself.
T – Take Time to stand Tall as a Tree. Take slow and long breaths and imagine yourself drawing strength and nourishment from the ground you are firmly rooted in and feel this breath Travel through you.
O – Be Open and Observe what is happening in and around you. Be Open to new ways of thinking and feeling from these Observations. Ownership is taking responsibility for what you know and need.
P – Have Presence and create Patience, Perspective and Perseverance to Proceed with what is Priority to you. Play and find Pleasure amidst the pain and panic as you hold Purpose and Positivism that it is all part of your story.
If you are consistently facing negative emotions or actions, remember to STOP.