Grounding techniques are helpful for managing feelings of overwhelming anxiety. The techniques help you regain your mental state, prevent a panic attack at the onset of symptoms, and ease feelings of impending doom. Grounding Techniques can also help with episodes of dissociation. These techniques can help alleviate feelings of distress and panic.
Breathe. Focus on your breathing and center your breaths from your core. Focus on inhaling, imagine all of your worries and gather them up. Now onto exhaling, imagine your worries leaving.
Move. Cross your legs. Wiggle your fingers. Tap your feet quietly. Focus your attention to the movement.
Count. Look out the window and count the number of trees or the number of street signs, or count the number of tiles on the floor.
List. List 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch or feel, 3 things you can hear or songs that you’ve listened to 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste or the last thing you had to eat/drink.
Feel. Trace your hands against the physical outline of your body, rub your fingers on your sweater or scarf, touch the spirals of your notebook.
“We will accept our anxiety and strive for the betterment of ourselves. Starting with mental health. We will accept ourselves as we are.” – Logic