January 12, 2022

Somatic Therapy Techniques to Add to Your Daily Life

Written by Rachel Eddins

Posted in Emotional & Mental Health and with tags: types of therapy

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Daily life can be stressful.

Even teens report that they are feeling stressed on a daily basis as they try to juggle school and social and family expectations. Adults and children alike experience far more stress in today’s modern world than ever before.

There are many kinds of therapy techniques that can help you to manage your stress and how it impacts your physical health.

Managing stress is a key factor in your physical health and you will probably find that you need to have techniques in your toolkit to help with this kind of stress on a daily basis.

Somatic therapy techniques can be done anywhere and they can help you to feel better on a daily basis.

If you are ready to learn more about somatic therapy techniques that will add to your daily life, read on!

What is Somatic Therapy?

Somatic therapy involves breathwork, relaxation exercises, and meditation. These techniques can help you control mental stress as well as physical pain.

These therapies can also extend to yoga, dance, massage, vocal work, and more. Somatic therapy focuses on the mind-body connection to help both to heal during times of stress and worry.

Somatic therapy can be done in almost any location and you can apply these skills to your daily life with ease. These are exercises that anyone of any age can do as well when they are feeling stressed or are experiencing physical pain.

Somatic Therapy Techniques to Add to Your Daily Life

1. Grounding

Grounding is one of the most basic somatic techniques that you can use to help support your health or mental well-being.

To work on grounding, you can use a few different techniques. This is a technique that can also be linked to meditation practice.

Grounding techniques involve walking barefoot outdoors if the weather allows. You can also run water over your hands and focus on the way that the water feels.

Some people also use grounding in the form of light exercise such as jumping up and down in place or dancing or gently swaying. Even stretching can be linked to a grounding if you are doing it with full awareness of your body and its movements.

2. Body Scan

This is a really effective somatic technique that helps you to become aware of your body and to calm your thoughts. You can use a body scan even if you are sitting at your desk at work to calm your emotional state.

You will simply start scanning your thoughts over your body from head to toe, making sure that you are able to relax each part as you think of it.

Body scanning is often a part of meditation practice and this can be done sitting, standing, stretching, or even laying down. This is a very effective practice for inducing sleep as well for those who struggle to sleep well at night.

3. Breath Control

Breathwork is a really good way to calm down, feel more centered, and release stress. Breathwork often starts with simply slowing your breathing and making sure that you are breathing from low in your belly.

You can work on holding your breath for brief periods of time or you might work on slowly increasing the depth of your breaths as you start to calm down.

Breathwork comes in many forms and more advanced breathwork might include vocalizations as well as speeding up and slowing down your breathing. You can also practice breathwork while doing yoga or other forms of light movement if that is more effective for your needs.

4. Tense and Relax Parts of Your Body

Sometimes tensing and then deeply relaxing each body part can help you to connect with your body and work on its relaxation.

Bringing awareness to the tension in your body can help you to fully relax and this can sometimes be accomplished best with this method of tensing as well as releasing your muscles.

This is often done laying down, but you can even practice this somatic process in your chair, while on an airplane, or at a family event.

This is one of the easiest ways to bring your awareness away from harmful thought patterns to bring yourself back to your center for healing release.

5. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to center yourself and dispose of thinking that is actually causing your physical pain. Your thoughts can lead to deep tension that can cause you to feel sick, to feel pain, or to feel panicked and scared.

Meditation is very effective at helping you to dismiss these harmful thoughts and bring yourself back to a more peaceful state.

Meditation can also help you to sleep better and can improve your awareness of the kinds of thinking that cause you to become upset.

Meditating for just ten minutes a day can help you to feel significantly better on a daily basis and you will find that this time of internal quiet can greatly improve your relationships with others and with your job.

Somatic Therapy is Very Effective

Somatic therapy is one of the best ways to make sure that you are taking care of your mental health and your physical health. These exercises are accessible to everyone and can be done at home or at work as well as at home.

These exercises can also be paired with other forms of relaxation such as yoga if you prefer to use physical movement to calm down and feel better.

Somatic therapy can change the patterns of your thinking and can help you to return to a state of calm and peaceful acceptance that will help you to be happier and healthier overall.

It is a great way to work on improving your well-being can easily be added to your daily routine.

People of all ages can enjoy this technique and you might even find that you enjoy this process enough to increase the time that you spend on it each day.

Practice Somatic Therapy Techniques with a Therapist

If you need assistance implementing somatic therapy techniques, please contact one of our Houston counselors for help. You can view all our services online.

To get started with an Eddins Counseling Group therapist in Houston, Montrose, or Sugar Land, call (832) 559-2622 or text (832) 699-5001 us today!

Together we can create a plan for you to reach your goals.

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