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What is Grounding?

Grounding may or may not be an unfamiliar word to you. You might think of it as way to describe someone’s personality as in, that person is grounded. But what does it mean to using grounding skills or techniques when you’re feeling anxious, stressed or worried? Grounding helps to control those uncomfortable feelings when they arise. It can help you to refocus from those difficult thoughts and put you back into the present moment.


There’s a few different grounding techniques and activities one is called body awareness. Body awareness puts you back into the present moment by bringing your attention to the senses in your body.

  1. Place both feet flat on the floor. Point your toes up and down several times. Spend a moment noticing the sensations in your feet.

  2. Stomp your feet on the ground several times. Pay attention to the sensations in your feet and legs as you make contact with the ground.

  3. Clench your hands into fists, then release the tension.

  4. Rub your palms together briskly. Notice and sound and the feeling of warmth.

  5. Reach and stretch your hands over your for 5 seconds. Bring

  6. your arms down and let them relax at your sides.


Try this prior to feeling anxious or stressed to practice the activity. Grounding activities can be useful ways to cope with general anxiety, They can also be helpful if you’re trying to learn meditation or reorient yourself back to your surroundings.


Until next time, stay motivated.

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