Serita Polinaire, M.A
Grounding Techniques for Mindfulness and Wellness: The Importance of Grounding (Part 1)
How grounding during panic and anxiety attacks can help mitigate feelings of impending doom.
#anxietyattacks are no fun and can make you feel like the world is caving in on top of you or even ending. #anxiety is one of the most common disorders suffered by adults and never discussed openly. In this quick post, I'll cover a technique called #grounding which is used to help people #cope during anxiety attacks. This post is going to be part of a series to help manage anxiety. Make sure to subscribe if you want to see more #mentalhealth#tips.
What is "Grounding" yourself
during an anxiety attack?
"GROUNDING" is the act of settling or calming one's body and mind by staying focused via physical or mental exercise.
Although grounding is not a permanent solution for anxiety, it is something to help you cope through those difficult situations.
The first exercise is called the 5 senses technique used to identify sights, smells, sounds, taste, and touch.
First, find five things that you can see and say them out loud.
Next find four things that you can feel.
Three things that you can hear and say it out loud.
Find two things that you can smell and lastly find one thing that you can taste.
Hopefully, by the time you've completed all of the steps, the feelings of anxiety have passed on.
If you find yourself having trouble with this exercise, try starting it over again. Remember, practice makes perfect and you may not get it on your first try. What's important to remember is that you continue to try using it as a method to help reduce or cope with anxiety/ panic attacks. Remember, millions of people suffer with this everyday and you are not alone.