Grounding is something we can do when we find ourselves emotionally overwhelmed, anxious or experiencing a trauma re-triggering event. When we have experienced a traumatic event, it is fairly common that we might experience flashbacks or intrusive memories of the event or aspects of the event that can be very unsettling. Sometimes it might feel that we are back in the midst of the event, literally as if we were reliving the trauma, whilst other times we might find that our thoughts are a jumbled series of future-focused fears that other bad things will happen to us, and it feels impossible to stop the racing, escalating thoughts. It feels like anxiety, only worse. Other people have difficulties with dissociating – where they have learned to take themselves far, far away from their discomforting thoughts, feelings and sensations and they appear (and feel) very separate to the world. They can become disorientated, disconnected and physically numb.