Vikash: Bro, I feel like I'm not in the right place, nothing is going right here. I keep getting flashbacks of my JEE days. Life was so sorted then. Here everything is so messed up. I am not able to balance anything: academics, friends, clubs...
Abhay: My mind is constantly running back to home and my school buddies. It feels like I am in two places at the same time and everything is fogged up. I wish there was a way to stay centred in the 'here and now'.
Most of us may recall instances when we found it challenging to overcome difficult emotions or troubled by thoughts or memories that were distressing. Grounding techniques are tools, which we can use especially at such times to distract ourselves from whatever is causing us pain and feel more settled. Grounding techniques help us to move away from difficult thoughts and emotions and be more anchored to the present moment. These techniques help us bring our mind to the here and now, from the difficult memories, thoughts or emotions of the past. Practising these can help one feel safer and more in control. These are especially beneficial when:
This technique encourages you to break your attention from whatever’s disturbing you and connect to your present physical surroundings by making use of your physical senses. As part of it, you are encouraged to simply notice (without adding value or judgment):