How to Ground Yourself

How to Ground Yourself

The Age Old Question: How to Ground Yourself

Last week someone asked me a great question: what is grounding and how do I do it?
Answer: while grounding can have many meanings, in counseling it generally means a return to your emotional home base and a general calming of your mind.
There are many ways to achieve this. For some people it helps to find a quiet spot and just to sit, feeling the ground under you and being aware of the breath. Thoughts might be something like: I am here now and there is nothing else I need to do. I am safe and calm in my own space.
If this is not enough, then sometimes a physical prop can help. Making a cup of herbal tea and just focusing on that first sip is useful in bringing yourself into the present. A reading on mindfulness, a particular piece of soothing music or even a quiet, I disturbed period of time to do something creative can help. It helps to play with the idea of grounding and discover ways that work for you. In learning how to ground yourself, developing a list that you can refer to when you are feeling uncentered and in need is helpful.

About Nicola Simmersbach, PsyD LMFT LPCC