Grounding in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Every week, the awesome team members of Champ City come together to brainstorm, give updates, and catch up! We start each of these meetings with different mindfulness, breathing, or grounding techniques. One of my favorites that we recently tried is the 5,4,3,2,1 Grounding Practice. This grounding tool helps you focus on your surroundings and bring you into the present. 

How it Works

This grounding technique is simple and you can do it anywhere! First, take a few deep breaths, and then:

5 – Identify five things you can see (phone, water bottle, flowers outside the window, lamp, notebook)
4 – Identify 4 things you can touch or feel (air from a fan, feet on the ground, smooth coffee cup, your hair)
3- Identify 3 things you can hear (the ac unit, music in the background, birds outside)
2- Identify 2 things you can smell (a candle burning, coffee)
1 – Identify 1 thing you can taste (gum)

Practice Makes Perfect

I always recommend practicing grounding techniques when you are in a normal, comfortable state. This helps your body and brain remember what to do when you feel anxious or overwhelmed.

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