Whether you suffer with anxiety and panic attacks or not, these tips will definitely come in handy. I have started a mental health series on my reels and tiktok to share with you some ways of coping.
In the video I show you the 5 senses grounding technique:
5 things you see
4 things you feel
3 things you hear
2 things you smell
1 thing you taste
Has this technique helped you?
Different techniques work for each individual so it really is a case of trying them.
For those struggling with a sensory overload and are feeling overwhelm, this technique would be a positive way of grounding them and bringing them back in touch with their control.
The second part of my ‘How to cope with an anxiety attack” series!
* Breathing techniques to regulate the breath and bring it to a normal rhythm
* Tapping – Tapping can help you access your bodys energy and therefore can send brain signals and channel those signals that control stress. You can also tap certain points that control various negative emotions
* Reducing exposure to sensory overwhelm/ overload – When we’re overstimulated it can become impossible to think clearly, act clearly and regulate our emotions. Removing yourself from that overload and finding a quiet space with less visual stimulation too can help you find a neutral state and calm you down
‘How to cope with an anxiety attack’ video 3
* Having a favourite grounding smell – When I’m overwhelmed or amidst panick/ anxiety attack, I find that having a comforting, nostalgic smell helps me. My grounding scent is lime!
* Rocking gently – If you do yoga you may know that rocking and being in the fetal position can be extremely calming and grounding. I find that regulating my body movement helps me find a breathing rhythm and helps me feel grounded
* Use a stress ball, bobble or fidget tool – This helps me by releasing energy, excess adrenaline and also stops me from subconsciously self harming like biting, picking my nails or head
* Reduce noise using earphones or fingers– When we are overwhelmed and having a sensory overload, it is useful to eliminate that sensory overload by reducing noise to help gather a calm state or mind allowing you to think straight and rationally
* Close your eyes – The same as above, sensory overload and overwhelm can be very difficult. I find that when I am having a panic/ anxiety attack, I find my eyes to become hypersensitive and everything feels like it’s moving at light speed. I find closing or covering my eyes helps me ground myself by reducing the overactive senses
Thank you for reading and watching and I hope these tips have helped you!
Stay wonderful and take care!