Stop Pause Reset™ is the Pathways mantra. Often it is the simple things that we learn the most from.
Stop is to simply cease what we are doing and allow the possibility of something different to happen.
Pause means to just take that millisecond break to check in on yourself and your surroundings. Become aware of your actions, thoughts and intentions.
Reset is to take the information that you have, consider the options available and make a choice of what you will do next.
Sound difficult? Not really, the hardest part is actually allowing yourself to STOP, especially in the throws of the silly season. You can use this mantra for your physical or emotional responses.
Let’s give you a couple of practical examples.
Just say you are about to lift all or part of the Christmas tree. As you bend down to grab the tree you Stop. Your hands may be around the tree but you haven’t done anything yet. Pause, allows to you check in on the position of your back, are you bending from your spine or your hip joints? Have you positioned yourself to enable the heaviest weight to be closest to the body? Have you considered if your path is clear of obstacles? Is there someone else who can help? Reset, allows you to have a moment to balance your own weight and be aware of your surroundings and lift in an aware, informed and uninjured manner. The holiday season is best spent without a bad back!
Ok now for managing holiday stressors. You are in the shopping centre trying to get those last minute items. The kids are hanging off the trolley calling Mum, Dad, can I have this, can I have this? You can’t even think of what you came to the shops for. You are at your wits end… but then you Stop and just stand for a second, you Pause and take a breath, allow your jaw to release, your shoulders to drop (or whatever your little habit may be… you will know). You look at your kids, the excitement on their faces, the colours, sights and smells of Xmas. Then you Reset, your mind clears and you remember what you came in for. Tell the kids to see what Santa brings and that Santa only comes to those who believe (works on all ages) and then a: give the kids a hug, b: head towards the frozen foods for your turkey c: have a coffee or d: decide you will do it later and go home. The possibilities are endless if you allow yourself to Stop, Pause, Reset™!