There has been a lot in the news recently about Mental Health. Mainly from Simone Biles getting 'the twisties' (which is a kind of mental block in gymnastics) and withdrawing from Olympic competition. However, I think 'the twisties' can come into your life whenever the fear of the unknown occurs. Here's a tip from NEMA for when things start to become overwhelming.
The 5,4,3,2,1 grounding technique is a really calming and fairly straightforward way of getting you back to your best self.
5 things you can see. (Pay closer attention to detail, for example, the pattern on a pencil pot)
4 things you can feel. (Focus on the texture, this could be as simple as touching your hair)
3 things you can hear. (I feel the sounds of nature work best, rain on the roof or leaves rustling etc.)
2 things you can smell. (The subtle smells you never really notice)
1 thing you can taste. (My preference is a nice piece of dairy milk!)
If you would like more in depth knowledge, please take a look at the CPD certified short courses we have on offer: Mental Health Awareness, Understanding Anxiety, Understanding Depression and Understanding Stress. If you're feeling stressed or anxious and need help, please visit our FAQs page for some useful links.
Written by Sophie Evans, Employability and Support Learning Mentor.