Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment, in order to bring yourself back to reality. The phrase “be present” refers to mindfulness and what it’s all about, and mindfulness is a great tool for those who have experienced trauma or experience re-traumatization.
In therapy, mindfulness is often practiced via “grounding”, which is a technique that incorporates your physical surroundings in order to bring your attention to the present moment. This can be especially effective for people who find themselves experiencing flashbacks or anxiety.
Try practicing the rule of five:
- Identify five things you see: “I see a bird, I see my shoes, etc.”
- Identify five things you smell: “I smell leaves, I smell perfume, etc.”
- Identify five things you hear: “I hear traffic, I hear talking, etc.”
- Identify five things you feel: “I feel my shirt, I feel my hands, etc.”