We talk about the importance of having coping mechanisms for moments of distress. This simple technique is literally at your fingertips.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to give yourself grace.

Inhale. Exhale.

Now, you can practice what is called a grounding technique. You’ve got this. We’ve got you.

You will begin with the number five and count down using your senses. Join me.

5: Notice FIVE things that you can see around you. They can be objects, living things, large buildings or blades of grass.

4: Notice FOUR things that you can touch around you. You can touch these things or imagine the feeling of touching them. How would they feel to your hand? On your cheek? What sensations can you imagine or experience? 

3: Notice THREE things that you can hear. Listen for sounds that exist outside of your body. They can be loud or soft. The whir of the fan. The song of the cicadas. A truck rumbling by.

2: Notice TWO things that you can smell. What do these scents conjure for you? Scent is a most evocative sense. Scent can be unpredictable.

1: Notice ONE thing that you can taste. How does the inside of your mouth taste to your tongue? Do you have a piece of gum or snack within reach? Can you identify if a taste is sweet or salty or sour or bitter?

Once again, inhale. Exhale.

Giving yourself a moment to pause, breathe, and practice a of self care is the best gift you can give to you and your baby.

You’ve got this. You’re amazing.


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