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19 Grounding Techniques

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  1. Laugh
  2. Describe the steps of everyday activities, such as cooking or doing laundry
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Think of your favorite things and describe them to yourself
  5. Recite coping statements such as, "I can handle this."
  6. Stretch or do yoga
  7. Describe your environment
  8. Create a daily routine or schedule for yourself and stick to it
  9. Read a book or magazine
  10. Pet an animal
  11. Practice breathing exercises
  12. Develop a sense of gratitude; note the things you're grateful for in your life
  13. Pay attention to where you are, develop a sense of place
  14. Play the 54321 game: list 5 things in the room, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 good thing about yourself
  15. Get in touch with nature: walk along the beach, smell some flowers, garden
  16. Get moving- jumping jacks, riding a bike, whatever it is you enjoy
  17. List five positive things in your life
  18. Imagine yourself in a comfortable and safe environment, or familiar place
  19. Eat or drink something and notice the taste