Grounding: Detaching from emotional pain 

Intensive psychological pain may actas an uncomfortable and aching feelingand often experienced physical form. What about is it about these negative feelings that lead usto we carry and reminisce aboutthem, or worse yet allow them to drifttoward grumpy, irritable moods? 

Someone feelingoverwhelmed due to his or hercurrent situation might describe the pain something like “everything is scrambled up; it feels like I’m out of control and it’s difficult if not impossible to concentrate on anything.” 

In situationslike this, grounding can be a useful tool to address the overwhelming feelings. First off grounding is not merelyignoring the intrusive thoughtsand feelings. Instead, it’s an active strategy to disrupt your focus while re-establishingyour connection to the external world.  In a way,it’s like changingthe channel from an extremely upsetting show to somethingmore pleasant. 

Grounding is not going remove the overwhelming thoughts and feelings entirely; however, it will help reduce it to a more tolerable level. When you consistently use grounding techniques, you are naming the problem(s) which allowsyou more clearlysee the scope of the issue and begin working to stop it from controllingyou. Given enough practice, you will find it easier to be able to acknowledgethe problem, identify your reasons for feeling this wayand address it in healthier ways. 

Do not try to ignore anxiety or pretend it will go away; it is futile to deny it.  In attempting to denying it,you can feel like a failure which doesn’t help anything. Instead, acknowledge it the presenceof the upsetting feeling(s) and work towards identifying reasons you might be feeling them.  

In the next blog, we’ll identifymore specific grounding techniques.