Grounding is a therapeutic process I have come across in the last year or so that seems to help in lots of cases, such as anxiety. For everyone, not just those with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); it only takes a couple of minutes each day and is a way of being in the moment – i.e. it stops you from ruminating about the past or catastrophising about the future.

It involves using 3 of our 5 senses: you find five different things to look at (one at a time) 3 different things to listen to and 3 different things you can feel, either externally or internally. (Obviously if you are living with a chronic pain condition it’s best to focus on the external, like the softness of the seat you are sitting on); and if you can accompany that with breathing in through the nose and breathing out through the mouth slowly that is even better.

Try it- what have you got to lose?

The senses