grounding tools – a weapon

**This is the third post in an ongoing blog series, featuring some practical tools and activities. Fill up your arsenal, build your team, and collect your weapons for recovery.

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When we find ourselves slipping into a spiral, even simple tasks seem overwhelming and impossible. The moment can become so loaded that we feel helpless to stop from spinning out of control. In these times of powerlessness, it is difficult to not be rendered immobile. We perceive the feelings as insurmountable and permanent, but we mustn’t let this fool us.

In the toughest moments, when it seems your true voice has been lost in a whirlwind, you can ground yourself. Although you may not be able to completely eliminate your struggle, you can claim the power of this current moment.

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Once you prove to yourself that you can regain a sense of control today, you will be stronger and more prepared for battle tomorrow. Here are some tools you will need to ground yourself:

1. Lucky charms
No, not the delicious breakfast food, although those are a great idea too. Choose a familiar object to keep with you at all times. Just holding this token can bring you back to earth and provide you with comfort – like a hug, embodied and actualized. Maybe it’s a smooth rock, a cross, special necklace, or a penny.

2. Awareness
Where are you? Remind yourself that you are safe in this moment. This is normal, although it may not make perfect sense right now. Firmly plant your feet flat on the ground. Hold your lucky charm in your hands and feel its texture, the weight of it. Notice your surroundings, what you see, smell and hear.

3. Visuals
Visualize yourself literally in control. Draw up an image of a box, put your fears and thoughts inside of it, and cast it aside. You do not need to get rid of it right now, but see yourself locking up the box and putting it into a drawer, out of sight.
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