10 Tips for Self-Soothing

Self-soothing and regulation take time and effort, but here are some techniques that work for me:

  1. Hugging myself.

  2. Grounding - If possible, I do this by walking barefoot on the grass, but even sitting on the ground helps me.

  3. Writing in my journal (which I always have with me). What I write rarely makes sense, but my stream of consciousness is only for me and it helps me ‘get out’ whatever big motions I have welling up inside me.

  4. Colouring - whether it is doodling or scribbling in my journal, or using a colouring-in book, colours help me express myself and feel grounded.

  5. Body scan (tuning in with each part of my body - toes to head)

  6. Exercise

  7. Cuddling dogs (You’d be surprised how easy it is to find a dog to snuggle)

  8. Dancing and singing (I have go-to ‘shifter’ songs on Spotify)

  9. Heart-opening yoga poses (like Camel, Savasana)

  10. Mindful belly breaths

I hope that these tips prove helpful to you on your journey.
Remember that your capacity to feel, and to feel deeply, is an incredible gift - it might just take a little practice learning how to surf the big waves.