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Grounding Contributed by Lauren
Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:55 PM
The goals for grounding are to increase awareness in the here and now and to have clear reality contact. Also, grounding is to help reduce posttraumatic experiences such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, and intrusive recollections and to reduce dissociative experiences like time loss and uncontrolled switching.
Present focused awareness is important because if you are paying attention to the here and now then you are less likely to be lost in thoughts of the past. Also, you will be less likely to be caught up in fearful thoughts about future events.
Grounding is the process of being present and connected in the here and now.
Using Your Five Senses for Grounding
Sight open your eyes; look around; name present day sights; realize you are an adult; look how tall you are
Sound listen for present-day sounds and name them; let them bring you closer to the present; talk to yourself insides; say comforting things
Taste suck on a peppermint; chew gum; drink coffee; use tastes that are connected with being safe and being an adult; carry these things with you at all times
Smell use scented hand lotion; potpourri, a cotton ball soaked with perfume; scented candles to remind you of the present; carry something with you that you can use anywhere
Touch hold a safe object; feel textures and let them bring you closer to the present; pet your care or dog or pet
Familiar Items to use for Grounding Yourself
Sight - Watch or clock, photography, outdoors, driver's license
Sound- Soothing music, nature sounds, familiar sounds, your voice
Smell - Scented candle, cinnamon, scented lotion, essential oils
Taste - Peppermint, potpourri, lemon, chewing gum
Touch - Lotion, a stone, ice cube, a pet