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Grounding Your Stress: Observe

Find calm in times of ongoing stress

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When you’re in situations of high stress, grounding techniques are a great way to take things down a notch. They help you calm your mind by focusing it on something else.

When your mind has a healthy distraction, you get distance from the thoughts and feelings that are causing you stress. This distance gives your body a chance to calm itself.

These techniques are useful to practice when:

  • You'd like to find moments of calm during the day.
  • You need to take a break from a stressful situation.
  • You're having trouble falling asleep.
  • You can't seem to shake an ongoing feeling of stress or anxiety, making it hard to focus.

This practice asks you to observe a particular object, which you can carry with you throughout the day. This makes it especially good for times of ongoing stress.