Grounding exercises are those exercises that allow you to remain in the present moment. They are especially helpful if you are dealing with anxiety, PTSD and intrusive thoughts. A grounding exercise that many find effective for example is praying. When one prays, they can give their cares and worries to God and enjoy what they are presently doing. Prayer, which I draw upon as a Christian, can be see as an extended grounding exercise. When an individual is triggered by a past traumatic event, they can use a grounding exercise that works for them in such moments. Grounding exercises allow you to take control of your thoughts, feelings, and memories and help you when you are triggered, grappling with intrusive thoughts and have difficulties remaining in the moment.
Grounding Exercise Example:
Sit close with a friend or significant other whom you trust and feel safe with. You can ask yourself questions about this moment. What are they wearing? What does their fragrance smell like? Are you both eating, if so, how does what you are eating taste? Notice, details such as the patterns of their clothing. What are you doing with them? What are they saying to you or to others? What does their voice sounds like?
Grounding exercises that engage the senses can be very beneficial.
We can work on grounding exercises that work best for you in our sessions. When needed, you will have a list of grounding exercises to draw from.
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