What grounding techniques, if any, help you?
Until my therapy session this morning, I had no idea the dissociation I’ve been experiencing for most of the last two weeks could be linked to previous traumatic experiences. I’ve only recently opened up to my therapist about trauma from my childhood and teenage years (which I didn’t know “counted” as trauma, but that’s a story for a different day), so I’m still finding new ways to express my feelings and find the source of my mental distress in the present.
While I’ve used grounding techniques for my anxiety and panic attacks in the past, I’ve always had a hard time grounding myself in reality when I dissociate. This difficulty connecting with my body and reality cause me to become even more anxious, which leads to a more intense out-of-body experience.
Thankfully, my therapist gave me some suggestions for incorporating different grounding techniques into my daily routines. We’ll see how these changes go!
Do you experience dissociative episodes? How do you ground yourself when you do?