Grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present moment. It’s a way of practicing mindfulness and can be helpful when you feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Here are a few methods you can use to ground yourself:
- Look around the room, noticing your surrounding and details.
- Hold a pillow, stuffed animal, or ball.
- Hold something cool (like a can of soda) or place a cool wash cloth on your face.
- Listen to soothing music.
- Place your feet.
- Focus on someone’s voice or a neutral conversation.
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can feel
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste or 1 good thing about yourself
Walk outside barefoot for a few minutes, in the grass if possible.
- Place your feet flat on the floor.
- Lean back into your chair, and notice how the chair feels underneath you and against your back.
- Cross your arms over your chest.
- Gently tap each shoulder, one side at a time. If you’re in public, you can place your hands on your thighs and tap on each thigh, alternating sides.
“Get yourself grounded, and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” – Steve Goodier
Do you have another grounding technique you use? Did you try one of these? Let us know by leaving a comment! : )