Begin your day with stretch, yawn and this morning check-in, courtesy of Elisha Goldstein.

A lady in a seated Yoga pose

It’s called STOP, and here’s how to begin:
S is for Stop. (Self-explanatory!)

T is for Take a Breath.

O is for Observe; notice your thoughts, feelings and emotions.

P is for Proceed.

“This tends to start the day off differently with great calm and present moment awareness,” says Goldstein, “setting the stage for you to be more calm and steady during challenging moments through the day.” Once you’ve mastered the technique from the comfort of home, you can use the mindfulness practice whenever the moment demands.

Elisha Goldstein, “Stressing out? S.T.O.P.,” Mindful, May 29, 2013, and