If you struggle with stress, anxiety or depression getting grounded is a great skill to learn. This is a technique I teach to my clients if I think it would be useful to them. It’s a way of slowing your mind and bringing it back from the regrets of the past or the uncertainty of the future. The here and now is all we have. The past is history, the future fantasy. So next time your mind is racing follow these instructions:
Find a comfortable place to sit where you won’t be disturbed by others.
Sit upright with your hands on your lap.
Close your eyes.
Concentrate on your feet. What can you feel? Are they warm or cold? Is one foot warmer than the other? Feel the floor pushing on the soles of your feet.
Now slowly move up to your legs. How do they feel? Can you feel the seat pushing back on you? Do you feel any other sensations?
Slowly move up your body repeating the same method. Move from legs to your lower back, then upper back and shoulders. From there move to arms, hands and fingers. Move to your head.
When you reach your head concentrate on the senses. What can you taste? What can you smell? What can you hear?
For each part of your body take a couple of minutes to run through the procedure. Don’t rush, relax.
Finally, slowly open your eyes and allow yourself a few minutes to just be.
Hopefully you find yourself calmer, more relaxed and fully in touch with the here and now.