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Anxiety can seem to be a never ceasing rush of rapids. It can lead us on a journey that takes away control and adds fear. Our anxious thoughts can cause us to feel we need to hurry and solve life’s problems, while questioning if we have the solutions. It can resemble productivity and healthy habits, or it can be a scary journey until we can find the tools that help us slow down and take back control.
Tools that help challenge that rush are called grounding skills. Grounding is a concept that brings our rushing past or future focused thoughts to the present moment. If we feel more stable and rooted in the present moment, our anxious thoughts have less control over us. Grounding skills can create some calm from the stress and anxiety and a way to further connect our mind to our body. Here are some of the most helpful grounding skills I’ve used with my clients.
Remember that these grounding skills take some practice. Additionally, talk to your therapist if you are noticing increased occurrences and intensity of anxious symptoms.