Grounding is an evidence-based tool that aides individuals in safely bringing themselves back the present moment during times of distress. Grounding techniques have been shown to be effective in the management of stress and anxiety, or other overwhelming emotions. It is quite possible that you may be practicing grounding techniques in your day-to-day life without even realizing it. Different techniques may work better for some individuals than others. It is important to practice and play around with what works best for you. The key to grounding, is focusing on the physical environment. When we notice how our body feels in response to different techniques and pay attention to each sensation that feels good, we learn that we are in control of our bodies and our experience.
Below is a list of grounding techniques to explore and try at home. These techniques can be used by adults or children. Children will need guidance when learning about grounding techniques.
Written by Kerri Hill, Wildflowers’ Registered Psychologist (Provisional) #1089