This is a very quick and simple method to get out of your head and into your body, enjoying calmness in the present moment of the here and now.

Simply choose something in your environment that you can sense with one of your senses.  For example, it can be something that you can see, hear, feel, smell or taste. You may want to spend a little bit of time exploring it.  For example, if you are looking at a flower, you may study its colors, shape, texture, and so on.  As you focus all of your attention on sensing it, just pay attention to what you can notice in your body.

You will notice evidence of relaxation.  This is because sensing something brings us into the here and now of the present moment.  The sensing occurs in the here and now. It actually causes a physiological shift. It diminishes the sense that something is wrong, and helps us more accurately discern what degree of danger there is.  It thus acts as an antidote to trauma.

So why not be a friend to yourself and your body, and get in the habit of using this very simple method of eliciting a relaxation response?  And when you are upset, why stay upset and perhaps act in ways that you may later regret, when you can just  focus on anything pleasant or neutral in your environment to reduce your activation and become more grounded?

Good luck in making this very simple method a healthy habit in your life!A


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