“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Sinn-
Practicing mindfulness can benefit you in every aspect of your life, but it’s especially beneficial to keep you grounded in the moment. This will help you regulate your emotions, help problem solve, and make you better at conflict resolution. Depression and anxiety force you to live in the past or the future, but mindfulness brings you back to the present. Below is an example of a mindfulness practice.
- Notice your surroundings.
- Name one of your five senses and focus on it for five minutes. For example: “This is my sense of smell. I can smell my deodorant, I can smell spaghetti sauce in the kitchen, I can smell my daughter’s strawberry shampoo…”
- Go through each of your senses, focusing on each one for as long as you can.
- Notice every small detail without assigning a value or judgment to it. Don’t bring your emotions into it, just notice things and move on.
- Don’t forget to breathe.
There are a multitude of mindfulness exercises that you can discover with a simple internet search. Find the mindfulness technique that works best for you and use it anytime you feel yourself in need of grounding.
You can find an overview of other grounding techniques here.