Grounding Yourself

You often hear of people talking about the importance of grounding yourself.

If you have anxiety, you’ve probably heard of the Rule of 5. You may even have heard of it before simply by friends who are sharing it on Social Media.

Anytime you feel a panic attack or a wave of anxiety. Stop and try to think of 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel etc etc.

This has become a very popular method of helping anxiety subside. I’ve used it a few times and in the moment it can help because it makes your mind focus on something different. In the time it takes you to list off all these things your mind will often distance itself from your anxiety trigger long enough that you can actually think properly.

There’s a lot of other ways to ground yourself too. Some people often recommend walking around outside barefoot as a way to literally ground yourself. Just like your electrical outlet needs to be grounded to prevent surges of power, I think the human spirit needs to be grounded on occasion too.

I have done it on occasion and it does feel wonderful.

If you’re like me the thought of walking barefoot in the grass is not really something you’re used to. I grew up in the city and I hate walking barefoot for the most part. It’s not something I’ve done much since I was little and the idea of doing it as an adult just makes me want to take a shower.

Another way of grounding yourself which is a lot simpler is literally putting yourself down on the ground. I was trying to do some stretches yesterday and I sat down on the floor in the dining room. I immediately felt a wave of calm sweep over me just by sitting on the floor. I didn’t think I was stressed but the second I sat down on the ground I felt different. I realized I hadn’t sat or gotten down on the ground in so long. I can’t even remember the last time I was that low. I sat there for a few minutes in silence. It felt very soothing.

I remembered hearing before that one way people recommend grounding yourself is just that, putting yourself on the ground. Lay on the floor, sit on the floor, kneel on the floor. Do it inside, outside, hardwood, carpet it shouldn’t really matter.

I used to have a friend and he told me that when he didn’t feel good he would sit down on the floor of his tub and let the shower water run over him as he just sat there. Apparently there’s some theory behind that. It not only grounds you but can help your immune system.

I am going to continue to try to keep this in mind and use some of the other grounding techniques I’ve learned over the years.

It’s safe to say I made it through yesterday without any panic or anxiety. Looks like I’m getting back into the swing of things again.

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