Published on 03/23/20
Submitted by Melissa Callen, ESS Regional Director
During these unprecedented times, limited social exposure and disruption of routines can result in increased anxiety and overall dysregulation. It is important for us to take active steps toward promoting positive mental health.
Grounding is a wonderful technique to bring your focus to what is happening to you physically, either in your body or in your surroundings, instead of being trapped by the thoughts in your mind that are causing you to feel anxious. Here are 3 simple grounding techniques that can be used at any time, and in any environment:
1. Remind yourself of who you are now. Say your name. Say your age now. Say where you are now. Say what you have done today. Say what you will do next.
2. Look around you, notice what is front of you and to each side. Name and notice the qualities of large objects and then smaller ones.
3. Clap and rub your hands together. Hear the noise and feel the sensation in your hands and arms.