Grounding - Grounding is a technique which is primarily used to combat feelings of anxiety and panic. Below is an outline of how to do it but you can add your own variations. It’s great for bringing you back to reality by focusing your mind and bringing awareness to your senses. Here it is:
- Pick an achievable number based on your state of anxiety and your surroundings. Then list what’s around you. For example - 5 things you can hear, 5 things you feel, 5 things you can touch, 5 things you can smell, 5 things you can see. Really focus intently on each one and take your time to notice details. The longer you can trick your mind into this task, the better.
Write - Write a list of what needs to be done and tick them off as you go. This takes the pressure off you as you don't need to remember everything and it's a great feeling when you get something scored or ticked off! Nowadays you can even set reminders and alarms to keep you on track so you can really let yourself focus on the task at hand.
Get outside - Go for a walk and pay close attention to your surroundings. Notice the things you might not normally notice when you're thinking about other things and take time to appreciate nature. When you return you'll feel refreshed and calm, ready to get back to what needs done!