Grounding is coping strategy that is designed to “ground” you in the present moment. It is often used as a way of coping with flashbacks or dissociation.
What if grounding doesn’t work?
People who have used grounding say it does work but requires practise to make is as effective as possible. The more you practise it the better it will work, so try to do some every day, it will become automatic after a while. You don’t have to use the methods listed above, you could think up your own method, you may find that it works far better for you. Try to start grounding as early as possible in a negative mood cycle, for example just after a flash back, don’t leave it until later. You could create a recording of a grounding message that you can play whenever you need it, if you don’t want to use your own voice you could ask someone close to you to help. You can also teach family and friends about grounding so they can help if you become overwhelmed. Notice which method works best for you, you can use the mood rating scale for this, and lastly, don’t give up!