Grounding techniques use tools such as visualization and senses including sight, hearing, and smell to help distract us from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
There are two types of Grounding Techniques, Mental and Physical. Mental Grounding Techniques focus on the mind and doing things that help to refocus and redirect our brains to a better mental state. Physical Grounding Techniques focus on our five senses and finding ways to engage our touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste to bring our bodies and mind back into a more relaxed and untroubled state.
During a panic attack or trauma-related flashback, your emotions can take over your thoughts and physical responses. When you focus on the present using grounding techniques, you can help stop the negative physical response and return your mind and your emotions to a place of safety.