Breathing and grounding exercises to help you calm down
Deep Breathing: Put your hands on your stomach and breathe in for 7 seconds hold for 5 seconds out for 10 seconds as you feel your stomach rise and fall. Keep repeating as often as you need to.
The 5-4-3-2-1 game: Out loud state 5 things you feel; 4 things you see; 3 things you smell; 2 things you hear; and one thing you smell. Repeat until you are calmer.
Physical Grounding: Sit down in a chair, with your back straight and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Feel how the ground feels under your feet, how the chair you are sitting on feels, how your body feels. Focus on the sensations from your body touching the ground and the chair.
Meditation: Lie back. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Try to clear your mind and let all thoughts go through without paying attention to them. Acknowledge the thoughts, but don't let them gain control. While you meditate it helps to do the deep breathing exercise at the same time.
monophobiaworld: Don't look down. Your feets don't have the answers. Look at the stars they will show you the way and don't be afraid to show the world your face. You are you and that is damn enough. I am proud of you for being still alive. Love you.
Thank you so much I really needed this.
My depression has resurfaced over the past month, so I haven’t been on much. Not that it matters to anyone (I don’t even care so here’s my rant) But it’s gotten to the point where I’m scared of what control I do and don’t have over my relapsing urges. But, today in English we have this “year report” assignment and I realized that today also happens to be the anniversary of my suicide attempt (how fucking weird!!) My brain has been able to recognize the timing of the darkest part of my life before I even realized it. But the good thing out of it is, it reminded me what amazing treatment opportunities I have gotten and how far I have come. I can’t let this be another downfall. Just a rough month. I have to get through this.