Anxiety is something most of us have experienced at least once in our lives. When you are feeling anxious or having overwhelming thoughts spiral in your mind, try this grounding technique.
This five-step exercise can be very helpful during periods of anxiety or panic.
5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see around you. It could be a pen, a spot on the ceiling, or anything in your surroundings.
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet.
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. This could be any external sound. If you can hear your belly rumbling that counts! Focus on things you can hear outside of your body.
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell. Maybe you are in your office and smell a pencil, or maybe you are in your bedroom and smell a pillow. If you need to take a brief walk to find a scent you could smell soap in your bathroom, or nature outside.
1: Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. What does the inside of your mouth taste like—gum, coffee, or the sandwich from lunch?
Don't forget your breath to help calm you. Give yourself a moment of prayer and be gentle with yourself.
You Got This!