This “portable” mindfulness practice can support you as difficult moments arise at any point in your day. The acronym of MEAN can take as little as a few seconds to a few minutes to complete. Try it out and see how long you prefer doing each step.
Meet: Strong thoughts, emotions, and urges to act by noticing them as they show up in your mind and body.
Engage: in awareness by turning to face, feel and investigate whatever is being triggered.
Allow: yourself to gently let the strong feelings, the powerful thought, and the compulsion to act come up…and then let them go.
Notice: How you feel when you pause to connect with yourself before acting out.