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We are offering a weekly blog series with a collection of diverse and effective coping techniques and exercises that can help reduce stress, improve mental and emotional well-being, and perhaps make you even more effective in achieving your individual goals. Check back every Wednesday for the newest skill of the week. Try them all out and find what works best for you.

Hear from Dr. Lies van Bekkum on why she recommends the Grounding Tree Exercise:

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

Begin deep breathing while sitting or standing in a calm place. As you breathe, imagine a strong, beautiful, steady tree. Imagine stepping into this tree, where your arms become the branches, your body is the trunk of the tree, and your legs and feet become the root system. Picture yourself in this tree and feel the strength and support of the trunk and roots. Shift your attention to your breath. Breathing in strength from the sky and universe through the branches. Breathing out and releasing distress through your roots to the earth and the ground under your feet. Continue to breathe feeling your body, be steady, and at ease. Picture yourself stepping out of the tree, feeling calm, connected, and grounded.