Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that are certain to help keep you grounded and prevent you from being swept away by your daily worries!
By: Chloe Persichetti
Keeping yourself grounded in times of stress or panic can help you reconnect to your surroundings and get back to being yourself! Stress affects around 77% of the population, but not everyone knows the strategies to help them bring their thoughts back down to earth. In our efforts to be the best versions of ourselves, we shouldn’t let our thoughts get us down.
Those moments of overthinking and anxious fears can deter you from focusing on and achieving your life goals! There are many ways of grounding yourself, and we are going to take you through a few techniques which can hopefully help you or a friend in the future!
What Is Grounding?
People of all ages experience moments where they think much further into the future than they need to. In doing so, they begin considering scenarios that aren’t actually likely to happen, trapping themselves in an anxiety-ridden state. The mind can be a scary place, and perceiving your thoughts to be real when they are actually imagined situations can throw you off balance and sabotage your day-to-day wellbeing. Let’s overcome these unwanted perceptions and get you back into a state of mind that allows you to flourish!
Creating a plan of attack against these stressful thoughts will allow you to carry on with the life you are meant to have. There are plenty of reasons behind reconnecting with your inner self to bring clarity and focus back to your life once again:
- It allows you to remain calm and collected in moments of chaos
- It lets you rid yourself of those overwhelming feelings you struggle with
- It brings you back to the safety of reality
Your Amygdala is in charge of processing emotions. The state of your amygdala can be “trained” in a sense through these grounding techniques. When your overwhelming thoughts get to be too much, your Amygdala goes into overdrive and can eventually find itself entering into a form of “fight or flight” mode. The tightened muscles and tumultuous emotions that result from this reaction can often cause you to lose both your physical and emotional centering. The tendency to revert to an overwhelmed state of mind is not abnormal, and with some experience, it can get a bit easier to bring yourself back to a much more favorable state!
What are the physical signs that your amygdala is heading into overdrive?
- Dilated pupils
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased salivatory gland functioning
- Racing thoughts
- Adrenaline spike
Sometimes, when you enter these physical states, it can be both physically and emotionally taxing on your body. Feeling drained is common. Keep your energy levels high with these great tips that will get you back in your groove!
What Are Some Ways You Can Help Reconnect With Yourself?
Techniques vary, but the end goal remains the same: letting your brain’s rapid-fire thoughts slowly extinguish. Sleepless nights and the uncomfortable feelings you may experience throughout your day are soon to be a thing of the past. Though television can work as a great distraction from your avalanche of thoughts, there are things you can do while in the midst of it all that are quick and work well to effectively bring your racing mind back to reality:
- Conscious breathing
- Surrounding yourself in nature
- Counting backward in sequences of 7 from 100
- Biting into something tart such as a lemon
Need a few more suggestions? Here are a couple more techniques that can help you become less tense (these are also great before bed):
As you are in the midst of grounding yourself, a great technique is to find five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. These identifications can help to reinstate a calmer state of mind.
Visualize energy or a beam of light running from the top of your head, through your body, past your feet and deep into the ground. Picture an anchor at the bottom of the beam deep in the earth’s depths. Providing yourself with a physical representation of the grounding you wish to achieve allows you to experience the changes that you desire most.
Why Is This Important?
Distressing or unwanted thoughts can lead to the manifestation of a reality where you aren’t in control, even if it seems as though you are. Our bodies don’t deserve the kind of stress that they’re often put under when suffering from unhelpful, racing emotions! Reconnecting with nature and practicing an array of grounding exercises can keep you feeling calm and in charge of your life. Bringing focus and attention back to what is happening in the present can add greater joy to your life than you ever thought possible!
Over-exerting yourself can often lead to burnouts, aggravated emotions and negative self-reflection that simply isn’t accurate. Practicing these techniques on a daily basis can help you relax and act like your real self. You’re great just the way you are, and the negative or unwelcome thoughts that you experience aren’t going to dictate the rest of your life! You will get past them soon enough with help from the above suggestions!