S.N.A.P.P. written by Rachel Falbo, LPC, LMFT-A

It seems like school just started, and yet the holidays are fast approaching! That means it’s time for good food, fun, and family. However, sometimes when families get together, it can be stressful. When that happens, remember to S.N.A.P.P.

S-Stop-When you get triggered by something stressful, STOP what you’re doing.

N-Notice-Take time to NOTICE what’s going on with your body physiologically (increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, sweating, etc.).

A-Allow-Don’t try to change your experience. ALLOW it to happen.

P-Penetrate-Take deep breaths by PENETRATING the body sensations (Breathe in for 3, hold for 2, and breathe out for 7).

P-Prompt-PROMPT yourself to be compassionate towards yourself. Don’t judge yourself negatively, because of the reaction.

And remember, STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS! So if all else fails this holiday season, have some dessert!