Feeling Overwhelmed? Here Are 5 Simple Ways To Get Grounded
Anxiety, overwhelm and stress all feel so hectic, right?
They get you stuck in your head, worrying about what could happen and dragging you away from what’s actually happening right now in the real world.
And usually, trying to stop it makes it WORSE! It can almost seem impossible to beat these mind-based problems when you’re in the midst of them.
That’s where Grounding Techniques come in.
Grounding is all about bringing your attention back to the present moment and pulling yourself out of a panic attack, unwanted memory, or other distressful emotional situation.
They help you learn how to regulate your stress and anxiety in the now, so you’re more equipped to tackle life’s daily challenges.
So without further ado, here are our top 5 grounding techniques you can try when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
1. Box Breathing
The breath does wonders for stress and anxiety. All you have to do is breathe in a box pattern of 4 (in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4), then repeat for as long as you need.
Tension in your muscles stops you from breathing deeply and gets you trapped in your head. Perform some light stretches and notice any physical sensations that arise.
Exerting yourself will get you back in tune with your body and focused on the present. Not to mention, endorphins released during and after exercise make you feel amazing.
4. Talk To A Loved One (Or Pet)
Sometimes reaching out to someone you trust and discussing your feelings goes a long way. It may not be easy, but it gives tremendous benefits once you give it a go. And yes, interacting with your furry friend is another great way to achieve similar calming results.
5. Be Mindful
Practice bringing your attention to the external world, not your internal one. Focus on the sunlight, any flowers nearby, and maybe the smells and sounds. This is all about directing attention away from your worries and into this moment.
And there you have it! 5 simple ways you can get yourself out of your head so you can feel less anxiety and more calmness and happiness.
Give them a try and let us know how they work for you.
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