The Practice of Grounding

Has this ever happened to you?

You are trying to get a project completed, only to be met with either anxiety or excitement that throws off your focus?

This is where grounding can come in handy.

What is grounding?

Grounding is a term that explains techniques used to help someone come into the present moment. It is often used for people who deal with PTSD, however, it can also be used to help with overwhelm, anxiety, and over-excitement.

How do you practice “Grounding”?

There are several ways to practice grounding, I will list a few for you to try for yourself.

  1. Deep Breathing. Just taking a few minutes to focus on deeply breathing in and out can take your focus off whatever is scary or exciting and bring you into the here and now.
  2. Meditation. Much like deep breathing, meditation is a great way to slow down and step into the present. You could use a guided meditation, or simply spend some time clearing your mind. Both have great benefits for bringing us into the present.
  3. Getting Out in Nature. Whether it is a walk (barefoot or not) around the block, or spending time in the forest or woods somewhere, fresh air and plants help us slow down and come into the present.
  4. 5 Senses Exercise. This is one you can do pretty much anywhere, although you may have to get a bit creative. Find: 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. Make sure you spend a few moments focusing on the sensations you get while observing these things.

There you have it, 4 great ways to practice grounding to bring yourself into the present and help improve your focus. Which one(s) are you excited to try?

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