Grounding exercises are short, simple techniques that focus attention and distract from intense emotions.
They often involve focusing on environmental stimuli or pleasant, calming topics or objects.
They can usually be done with minimal equipment, such as a pen and paper, or nothing at all except one’s thoughts and imaginations.
Therefore they are versatile exercises that can be performed anywhere.
Grounding exercises quiet down extreme emotions and help survivors of trauma shift to a more rational form of thinking.
People with trauma will, from time to time, experience high stress or emotional overload.
This is true for people with acute trauma, complex trauma, even traumatic grief.
The goal is not to eradicate feelings of intense anxiety, sadness, or anger. Instead, learning how to respond to those emotions, in the moment, is key to our healing.
In the video above you will learn 5 powerful Grounding Exercises:
The 54321 Game
The Method of Loci
The 5 Senses Technique
It’s always best to have multiple grounding techniques in your toolbox.
What works best for one stressful situation (a trauma flashback, for example) might not work best in another (such as prior to a job interview).
A technique that you use frequently may become less effective over time. It is best to use a variety of techniques to avoid becoming acclimated to them.
Some grounding exercises may not be a good fit for your temperament.
For example, some people find the Ice Cream Technique frustrating because they get stuck and can’t remember any additional flavor examples.
Other people find the 54321 Game unhelpful because it can draw attention toward unpleasant feelings or sights in their environment.
For each technique, there are modifications to help expand their usefulness. But some techniques might just not be for you.
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