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Managing anxiety - ground your senses

Updated: Oct 13, 2023

A simple and quick technique for anxiety or stress.

When under stress, our brains become hypervigilant and on high alert. We can become over sensitised to danger and overestimate the threat. This send our nervous system into overdrive. Grounding techniques can help to bring our brains back into logical brain from emotional brain. By using your senses you can focus your attention on your surroundings and bring yourself back into the moment. This can help stop those racing thoughts and lower the anxiety. I have used this one myself and it does help.

Look around your surroundings and notice -
5 things you can see. Focus in on each thing, noticing the detail, the colours.

4 things you can touch/feel. This may be the breeze on your skin, your clothing, the ground beneath your feet. Or it may be physical objects nearby - I can touch the chair or the table, any object. Notice the feel of it.

3 things you can hear - this may be noise around you or from outside - people passing by, the wind, birds. Listen and focus on the sound.

2 things you can smell.

1 deep breath. take a long slow steady breath all the way down to your belly. You might want to then spend a few moments just focusing on your breathing - aiming for slow, steady and even breaths, feeling your abdomen rise and fall. A tip - if you get stressed out trying to remember which number goes with which sense, just pick a number and do the same for all of them. Claire x #wellbeing #groundingtechniques #MindCalm #stressrelief #stressmanagement #calm #calmyourmind #mentalhealthawareness #calm #hypnotherapist #relaxation #anxietyawareness #anxietysupport #confidence
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