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Grounding

Ground is a set of simple coping skills to help you detach from intense negative emotions. Think of it as a type of active mindfulness. Grounding is useful for a variety of people to help decrease intense emotions related to anxiety, OCD compulsions, panic attacks, self-harm, extreme anger, substance use , dissociation and more. Grounding is intended to help anchor you in the present.


When practicing grounding remember:

  • You can use this anytime/anywhere and no-one else even has to know.
  • Practice often so that you remember to use it when it is needed.
  • Keep your eyes open and stayed engaged in your surroundings. Remember, we want to distract from your inner thoughts, not spiral with them.
  • Along those lines, when using grounding don't talk or journal about negative thoughts/emotions.
  • Stay neutral avoid judgments of good and bad about things you are using to ground.
  • Focus on right here and right now. Stay away from thoughts of the past or the future.

There are 3 types of grounding. Mental grounding which means focusing your mind. Physical grounding concentrates on using the five senses. Soothing grounding involves talking to yourself in a kind way. I have found that different people prefer one kind of grounding over the others. Often it depends on why they are grounding. That's fine. Use whatever you like or add your own forms of grounding. The recordings are only meant as a way to practice grounding. There are many paths to the top of the mountain. It doesn't matter which you take so long as you get there.


My next blog will contain short animations which will guide you through all three types of grounding. Each video is under five minutes. I suggest to my clients is to pick one each day and practice it.

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