Whether you’re someone who battles anxiety daily or not, knowing some grounding techniques can be beneficial to just about anybody. We’ve all been there – some of us more than others – when thoughts of panic or worry seem to come out of nowhere, leaving us feeling anxious and out of sorts. Having a few grounding practices in your back pocket can help bring you back to the present, avoiding the “time-travelling” that goes on when the worry cycle begins.
What is Grounding?
Grounding is a practice or exercise that distracts us from our current emotions, flashbacks or spiralling thoughts. The goal of grounding is to guide you away from what’s going on in your mind, causing you to refocus on what is tangible in real-time. Grounding is also a term that is synonymous with earthing, a practice of centering oneself and connecting with the earth. Both grounding definitions involve being fully present in the now.
Who Can Benefit from Grounding
Grounding is a practice that anyone can benefit from (We all have worrisome thoughts sometimes!) Grounding is a handy tool for those with more chronic circumstances, including:
8 Grounding Techniques to Adopt
Helpful Tips and Additional Notes on Grounding
Find what works for you – We are all so unique, so a “one size fits all” approach to grounding is definitely ineffective. My go-to grounding technique is nostril-breathing as it always calms me during a panic attack, but nostril-breathing doesn’t really help my best friend who deals with trauma flashbacks. It’s important to find what connects with you and utilize it as often as you can.
Bring in a trusted person to help – If there is someone in your life that is safe, bring them in on your struggle with anxious thought patterns and teach them on what to say or do. This could be as simple as teaching them to ask you an unrelated question or to reminisce about a really funny thing that happened. You can also show them how to guide you in a breathing exercise. Having a safe person who won’t judge you for contacting them during a hard time can be of great help.
Don’t be afraid to get professional help – If having a safe person to trust in is not in the cards right now, seeking a professional is absolutely ok! A mental health professional can assist you in finding the perfect grounding technique, and with the rise of technology, many professionals are often available via text or video chat.
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