What is Grounding? Grounding is the act of bringing the mind back to the present by distracting it from unwanted activities. The activities take the form of ruminating thoughts, painful memories, or persistent worrying.
The grounding technique 5-4-3-2-1 involves using your five senses to draw your attention away from disturbing thoughts, memories, or worries. As you move through the senses, the number of items to notice decreases.