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Finding Calm: Five Resources For Grounding

Sometimes the world feels like it is spinning and you are running in a million directions. There may feel like there is no way to slow down and your mind may begin to wander towards negative thoughts. In times like these, grounding exercises can be really effective. 

Looking for some help grounding? Below, you can find five comprehensive resources that include a variety of strategies for finding your personal calm.

Grounding: Create Personal Calm

This worksheet discusses the three different ways to ground yourself: mentally, physically and soothingly. With at least seven grounding activities in each category and general tips at the end, you can learn how grounding works for you. There is also an option at the end to choose your favorite three grounding techniques that offer you the best support.

54321 Grounding Technique

The 54321 Grounding Technique asks five questions aimed to help you center your attention on the small things. By asking yourself the five questions included in the exercise and examining the world around you, you can narrow your focus and begin to release any additional thoughts that may be wreaking havoc on your mind.

Breathing GIF

The Breathing GIF is a guided imagery to help you breathe in and out in times when your heart may be beating out of your chest. This GIF repeats, so whether you are focusing on your breathing or the images, you are able to concentrate on something other than your racing thoughts.

Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads

Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads has seven different categories to choose from with recordings ranging from deep breathing and guided meditation to guided imagery and music for the soul. With so many options to choose from, there is sure to be a grounding technique that works for you.

You Feel Like Shit

You Feel Like Shit is a personal check-in to ensure that you are following through with a routine for self-care. By focusing on one activity at a time, like eating a meal or taking a nap, you can break down the world around you into more manageable pieces.

When your mind is racing, you are not able to be your best self. It is important to take that deep breath and focus on the small things so that you are able to then tackle the big things again.

Gabrielle (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at American University majoring in elementary education and minoring in Spanish. She has been a writer since Fall 2020 and is the publishing director for our print magazine for Fall 2021. In her free time, she enjoys working with children and supporting diverse learners.
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