Grounding Techniques

A grounding technique is a coping strategy to help return your focus to the present moment and calm emotions of a panic attack, PTSD/trauma flashback, distressing memory or anxious thought.

Different techniques work for different people, so trial and error is the best way to find what works for you. Here are a few things you might like to try:

Grounding techniques are exercises that can help you focus on the present moment, calm your mind, and manage anxiety or other distressing emotions. These techniques work by redirecting your attention away from distressing thoughts or feelings, and towards something that is tangible or sensory in the present moment.

The Traffic Light Technique

The Traffic light Technique is a fabulous tool that helps stop negative thinking or worrying instantly. It uses visualisation and distraction to alter the brain’s thought process which is automatically wired to protect you from anything that might be harmful.

Any intrusive, negative or worrying thoughts by accepting it is just that, a thought.

Take a deep breathe in through your nose, sigh and smile. Now visualise your happy place.

Change your state. Do something completely different, stretch, dance, laugh and act on your positive intentions.

Help and Support designed to break the habits

Trauma Research Uk’s Help & Support Programme is designed to help you break the anxiety-inducing habits you might have been carrying around for years, and to help you create new ways of thinking that we are confident will transform your life for the better.

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