Part of the human experience involves facing times of panic and worry. In fact, we know that some forms of stress and anxiety - often called eustress - are beneficial to us by keeping us safe (think of times you’ve left dangerous situations) and motivated (before a test or speech).
However, anxiety becomes unhealthy for us when it begins to consume our thoughts, our plans, and our life. During these times, it's so important to have strategic tools in place to actively stop the downward spiral. This is where grounding practices come into play!
Grounding is a practice or exercise that simply distracts us from our current emotions, flashbacks, or spiraling thoughts. The goal of grounding is to guide you away from what’s going on in your mind, bringing you back to the present and to what is tangible in real-time. Grounding is also a term that is synonymous with earthing; a practice of centering oneself and connecting with the earth. Both grounding definitions involve being fully present in the here and now.
Those suffering from chronic conditions, such as PTSD, anxiety disorder, trauma, and depression may benefit from this practice. Outside of chronic conditions, any of us who experience anxiety in our day-to-day life can benefit from grounding; In fact, this double-blind study here revealed that grounding improved positivity and mood better than those who were simply relaxing. It's a tool that we all can all benefit from!
Find what works for you – We are all so unique, so a “one size fits all” approach to grounding is definitely ineffective!
Bring in a trusted person to help – If there is someone in your life that is safe, bring them in on your struggle with anxious thought patterns and teach them on what to say or do.
Don’t be afraid to get professional help – If having a safe person to trust in is not in the cards right now, seeking a professional is absolutely ok! A mental health professional can assist you in finding the perfect grounding technique, and with the rise of technology, many professionals are often available via text or video chat.
Are you in need of a mental health reset? We offer a 22-day De-Stress Program that encompasses nutrition, sleep, and grounding techniques! Click here to learn more about the program and to book a free consultation.