Distraction Coping Strategy

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Have you used a distraction coping strategy? Grounding is a healthy technique that changes inward focus outward. Two of the three ways involve what’s in your line of sight or objects you are in direct contact with. It anchors the mind to present realities. People who practice this strategy use one of three methods that works best for them: mental, physical or soothing. Each uses roughly ten tactics to build outward focus.

First, rate your emotional pain and current mood. Keep your eyes open to scan your immediate surroundings. Visual aspects of Grounding are more prominent in the mental and physical methods. A soothing plan may be a safe retreat, like a pedicure or a hot shower. Mental grounding may include environmental descriptions that are simply and swift like identifying letters on a board. Physical grounding requires safe places for touch, joint impact, taste, and audible (focus on your breathing) settings.

Grounding is a distraction coping strategy that brings a worthy examination of what we choose to surround ourselves with. A safe emotional place to detach from emotional pain is productive with positive visual associations of color, text, imagery, and objects. What associations are best for you?

Resource: Lisa M. Najavits, Seeking Safety (2002)