What are grounding techniques?
Grounding techniques help you connect with the present moment and become more aware of your surroundings. These practices can be helpful in reducing stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts. Here are three grounding techniques you can use today!
Focus on Your Breath
Find a comfortable seated position or lie down. Close your eyes and take a few breaths, focusing on the sensation of the breath moving in and out of your body. You can imagine that for every inhale, you breathe in calmness and peace. And, envision for each exhale you are letting go of stress. If your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to the sensations of your breath.
Engage your senses
Take a moment to notice the sights, sounds, and sensations around you. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Try not to judge your observations. Instead, observe your sensations with open-mindedness and curiosity.
Walking barefoot can be an effective grounding exercise that helps you connect with the earth and the present moment. Find a safe place to walk barefoot such as a grassy area or beach. Focus on the sensation of the ground beneath your feet. You may want to focus on the texture, temperature, or any other sensations that arise.
Faces of Health App and Masterclass series
Dr. Blied’s 5-session masterclass series will give you in-depth knowledge and training on stress management skills. The “Faces of Health” app is a tool to use every day to practice those skills.