Anxiety is something most of us have experienced. This five-step exercise can be helpful during periods of anxiety by helping to ground you in the present moment.
Start the exercise by drawing attention to your breathing. Slow, deep, breaths can help you induce a feeling of relaxation. Once you feel relaxed, go through the following steps to ground yourself:
One: Note ONE thing you can taste
Examples may include: gum, sugar free candy, coffee, sparkling water (anything you can taste in the moment).
Two: Note TWO things you can smell
Examples may include: fresh air, scented candle, flowers, food cooking (anything around you that you can smell)
Three: Note THREE things you can hear
Examples may Include: people talking, cars driving, wind blowing, rain falling (anything in the environment you can hear)
Four: Note FOUR things you can touch
Examples may Include: desk, chair, pen, phone (anything around you that you can touch)
Five: Note FIVE things you can see
Examples may include: door, computer screen, car, tree, house (anything you see around you)
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