When it’s time to drop your anchor

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Most feelings gently ebb and flow, sometimes becoming more choppy, but painful feelings can hit us like a tidal wave. They rise up, knock us down and carry us away in the current, pulling us far away from the route we were trying to head down. ⁠

Sometimes the best thing we can do in these moments is anchor ourselves down, let the waves come and go without being drawn off course and wait it out until the waves reduce.⁠

Here’s a really quick exercise in how to “drop your anchor” when things feel turbulent:⁠


⚓️Push your feet hard into the floor and straighten your back⁠

⚓️As you do this, take a slow, deep breath.⁠

⚓️Notice 5 things you can see around you.⁠

⚓️Notice 5 things you can hear. ⁠

⚓️Notice where you are and what you are doing. ⁠

Why not give this grounding exercise a try next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious 💙

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