Visualization and Grounding Practices

Grounding is a strategy that assists in detaching from emotional pain. This practice allows you to focus on something on than the difficult emotions you are experiencing. You can consider grounding practices as: centering, distracting, or a healthy detachment. 

Although grounding does not resolve the root of the issue that is contributing to an unpleasant emotion, it does provide a temporary path to gaining control over thought, feelings, and actions. Grounding can serve to anchor you in the present, provides you the opportunity to achieve calmness, and allows you to return to the core problem that is triggering a negative emotion. 

Grounding Methods

There are three types of grounding that can be used. 

  1. Mental
  2. Physical 
  3. Emotional 

The grounding practices outlined is not a comprehensive list of each grounding and visualization technique. They are meant to serve as an easily accessible resource to aid in the healing process. 

Disclosure Statement

The Nebraska Coalition is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression practices. These grounding practices have been produced by a diverse group of survivors that include people of all marginalized identities. Additionally, survivors with intersecting identities often experience additional barriers to healing. We embrace the needs of all people to seek healing in ways that are supportive of each identity and that consider all cultural needs. 

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