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Stop, Drop, and Roll: Strategies for Mental Peace

In this post I share a technique for dealing with automatic negative thoughts (ants) called stop drop and roll as a strategy to achieve mental peace.  If you have ever been bothered by depression, fear, mental stress or any other negative emotion. Download the podcast  to learn how to stop these thoughts, drop all the weight of these emotions and roll with the punches. I provide actionable strategies to overcome mental turmoil and find peace.

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Key Takeaways

  • Understanding ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts): Recognize how automatic negative thoughts (ANTS) can hijack your mental peace and control your responses.

  • Stop, Drop, and Roll Technique: Apply these fire safety principles to your mind to halt negative thinking, let go of harmful emotions, and adapt flexibly to life's challenges.

  • Mindfulness and Self-Care: Cultivate inner peace through practices like mindfulness meditation, self-reflection, and developing mental resilience.

Harnessing the Power of Stop, Drop, and Roll in Mental Health

In our fast-paced world, our minds often become chaotic battlefields, fraught with stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. This mental turmoil can be likened to a fire that, if unchecked, can consume our peace and serenity. Much like the practical advice offered by the Red Cross in case of physical fire—stop, drop, and roll—the same principles can be applied to the mental fires we face. Understanding how to combat these mental battles effectively can lead to a more peaceful and fulfilled life.

Coach Myrna’s approach to “stop, drop, and roll” during mental distress translates into three critical processes: halting negative thoughts, shedding unhelpful emotions, and adapting to life's difficulties with resilience.

Stop the Onslaught of Negative Thoughts for mental peace

Stop represents the crucial first step in halting the cascade of negative thoughts that often flood our minds. Coach Myrna points out how negative thoughts, or ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts), drag us into a mental battlefield where peace is stripped away by fear and uncertainty. These thoughts are dangerous not because they reflect reality, but because they create an illusion of impending doom—defined aptly by the acronym FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real).

“Do you know the definition of fear is false evidence appearing real, and most of your unwanted thoughts and ANTs are the same thing—false evidence appearing real.”

By stopping these thoughts in their tracks, we create a moment of stillness, allowing ourselves the space to evaluate whether there's truly a “fire” or if it's just our imagination running wild. This pause is not about denial or suppression but about gaining clarity and regaining mental control.

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Dropping Burdensome Emotions

Once we have halted the flood of negative thoughts, the next step is to Drop the burdensome emotions that weigh us down. Negative emotions like grudges, fears, and self-doubt act as heavy armor on the battlefield of the mind, hindering our progress and making challenges seem insurmountable.

“Holding on to grudges, fear, and self-doubt only weighs us down in the Battlefield of the Mind. By dropping these hindrances, we free ourselves to move more swiftly and gracefully through life’s challenges.”

Shedding these harmful emotions is akin to setting down an unnecessary load. It frees us to navigate life’s difficulties with ease and grace, enhancing our mental agility and resilience. The act of dropping these emotions emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, self-compassion, and letting go of what no longer serves our well-being.

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Find mental peace: Rolling with Life’s Punches

To find, mental peace, we need to accept our circumstances and roll with the punches.  After dropping unnecessary burdens, Roll emphasizes the need for flexibility and adaptability in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs. Adversity is an unavoidable part of life, and our ability to roll with the punches—much like physical rolling to extinguish flames—dictates our mental resilience.

“In the face of adversity, rolling with the punches becomes essential. Flexibility is our greatest Ally, enabling us to adapt to changing circumstances with ease.”

Rather than resisting life’s twists and turns, embracing them allows us to navigate the unpredictable terrain of the mind. This adaptability helps mitigate the persistence of negative thoughts, enabling us to handle them more effectively. Coach Myrna suggests visualizing negative thoughts as colored balloons, letting them float away, thus preventing them from taking a strong hold on our psyche.

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Cultivating Mindfulness and Self-Care

The true victory in the battle of the mind isn’t about force but about developing a deep understanding of ourselves through mindfulness, meditation, and self-reflection. These practices build a foundation for mental resilience, offering calm amidst chaos and clarity amidst confusion.

“Just as a skilled Warrior hones his craft through practice and discipline, we too must cultivate mental resilience through mindfulness, meditation, and self-reflection.”

By committing to these self-care practices, we arm ourselves with the necessary tools to confront our inner demons and emerge stronger and wiser. The goal isn’t external conquest but inner peace—an inner sanctum of serenity that isn’t easily disturbed by external events.

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Finding Strength in Mental Peace

Applying the stop, drop, and roll technique to the battle of the mind transforms our approach to mental health. It shifts our focus from reaction to proaction, from resistance to acceptance, and from turmoil to tranquility.

“Pause to regain your bearings, release what no longer serves you, and fully embrace the fluidity of life’s journey.”

As we learn to stop, drop, and roll with the punches of life, we cultivate a resilience that isn't just about surviving the fire but thriving through it. This resilience is measured by our inner peace—our ability to remain firm in adversity and emerge from challenges with greater wisdom and strength.

In practicing these techniques, we realize that the battleground of the mind is manageable. By stopping automatic negative thoughts, dropping burdensome emotions, and rolling with life’s inevitable challenges, we don’t just douse the mental fires; we transform them into opportunities for growth and deeper understanding.


By embracing the principles of stop, drop, and roll, as conveyed by Coach Myrna, we arm ourselves with a practical and effective strategy for mastering the battles within our minds. This approach offers a pathway to not only manage but to transcend the challenges posed by our automatic negative thoughts, cultivating a life of greater peace, resilience, and inner harmony.

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