September 21, 2021

Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, Americans are starting to feel some anxiety about re-entering the pandemic. In this Better Health in 90 video, Director of Kinetiq Health and Registered Nurse Sarah Michaels discusses a grounding technique that will help keep you in the moment and focus on what you can control.

Read on for more information!

Break Through Anxiety With the Grounding Technique

In this month’s Monthly Wellness Newsletter, we highlighted Five Ways to Cope with Pandemic Re-Entry Anxiety.

Yes, that’s a real thing. According to the American Psychological Association, 49% of Americans are uneasy about resuming pre-COVID obligations.

There are so many factors out of our control including how long the pandemic lasts and what impact the Delta variant will have on our community. That’s why it’s important that we focus on the things we can control, like what’s happening right in this moment.

Grounding techniques are tools used to self-regulate in moments of stress and anxiety. They serve as gentle reminders to stay focused and anchored in the present moment, which is what helps our brain reduce the feelings of anxiety.

One good technique is the grounding technique for anxiety, proven effective for both adults and children, is the 5-4-3-2-1 method. In this method, you identify…

  • Five things you can see – It could be a pen, a coffee mug, or anything you can physically see in your surroundings.
  • Four things you can feel – It could be your hair, a pillow, or the ground under your feet.
  • Three things you can hear – This could be any external sound such as birds chirping outside, the hum of the washing machine, or anything you can hear outside of your body.
  • Two things you can smell – You could smell food in the kitchen, the coffee in your mug, the pencil at your desk or the soap in your bathroom.
  • One thing you can taste – What does the inside of your mouth taste like? Gum, coffee, salt, etc.

 

This is just one technique of many that could be used to calm your nerves or anxiety. It brings you back to the present moment instead of worrying about the future. If you have continual anxiety, it may be time to contact your primary care provider.

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Sarah Michaels , RN

VP of Kinetiq Health
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