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Are feelings of anxiety or stress feeling a bit elevated today? Take a mindful moment to yourself to ease any feelings of discomfort. You can either engage in this grounding technique either seated, standing, or laying down. Whichever feels best and most comfortable to you. Let's get started:
Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. You may either keep your eyes open or closed.
Set the intention of your practice to get present. Practice observing your body and any sensations. Bring attention to anything that you feel, hear, or think.
Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold at the top of the breath for 4 seconds and then exhale.
Focus on how supported your body feels by the chair or floor beneath you. Feel the ground beneath your feet. When you are ready, bring awareness back to the room.
Whenever we are feeling an uncomfortable emotion, we can always use our breath and our bodies as grounding forces. Our breath has the power to regulate our nervous system when we become flooded. I hope this grounding practice is helpful for anyone who may need it.