This series offers a collection of diverse and effective coping techniques that can reduce stress, improve mental and emotional well-being, and perhaps make you even more effective in achieving your individual goals. Check back every Monday morning for the newest skill of the week.

Lies vanBekkum“Grounding tree is beautiful way to recenter and connect. This allows us to step back into our life recharged, focused, and grounded.”
Dr. Lies van Bekkum

Begin deep breathing while in a calm place. As you breath, create a picture in your head of a strong old tree. Imagine stepping into this tree, where you arms become the branches, your body is the trunk, and your legs and feet become the roots. Picture yourself in this tree and feel the strength and support of this tree. Shift your attention to your breath. Breathing in strength from sky through the branches. Picture yourself stepping out of the tree, feeling calm, connected, and grounded.

You can use this visualization skill any time you like and if it feels good, you can stand up to do this exercise. This is also great to do outside next to a large tree. Check back next Monday to learn a new relaxation technique.