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Stop, Breathe & Think is a web-based program and multi-platform mindfulness app. The app guides users through the basic steps of mindfulness: identifying thoughts and emotions in the moment while practicing meditative techniques to achieve a relaxed state. Stop, Breathe & Think first has users rate their mood in a unique “check-in” system and then identifies one or more brief mindfulness meditation exercises that might be helpful. Each exercise specifically focuses on teaching users to bring “kindness and compassion” to their everyday interactions. The program lets users track their general mood over time, which may help identify trends and patterns.Read the Professional Review for Stop, Breathe & Think: A Professional Review
Available For: for iOS 10.1 or later; Android compatibility varies with device
Developer: Stop Breathe & Think
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Psychoeducation/Information
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety, Sleep
Target Audience: Adults, Adolescents
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Get it on: iTunes, Google Play
(1) A pilot randomized controlled trial was conducted to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of Stop, Breathe and Think in a college population. After 4 weeks of engagement with the platform, users reported high satisfaction and moderate app usage. In comparison to a waitlist control group, these results provide mixed findings suggesting the potential benefits, as well as challenges in using a mindfulness app for students waiting to receive counseling services.
(2) An observational study was conducted to investigate the immediate and long term effects (at least 10 engagements) of Stop, Breathe, Think (SBT) on users’ emotional states. Findings show repeated engagements with the SBT app to be associated with an improvement in users’ emotional states over time. Also, individuals who were anxious or depressed tended to have a favorable long-term emotional transition (eg, from a sad emotional state to a happier emotional state) after using the app for an extended period of time.
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