Grounding is a technique I use that helps me to focus on the here and now, to bring my mind into the present. It is a useful technique I turn to at times when I may feel overwhelmed, or anxious. It can be done anywhere at any time and no one even need know you are doing it.

The “54321” game is a common sensory awareness grounding exercise that many people find can be a helpful tool to relax or get through difficult moments.

Describe 5 things you can see, name 4 things you can feel, name 3 things you can hear, name 2 things you can smell and lastly name 1 thing you can taste or an alternative I use is 1 thing you feel good about in yourself

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My very favourite way of managing anxiety during times of difficulty is to go for a bathe in the Forest with my little dog

Forest Bathing:

Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest.

Another useful website is:

This website offers free downloads and self-help sheets that anyone can access and use to help them understanding and work through feelings of anxiety and depression.

And finally, an excuse to cosy up on the autumn and winter nights have a look at:

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

Lorraine Glendinning

7 October 2019