Trying to connect myself with my own skin to familiarise my brain with my physical being. My skin. My body. My surroundings. Touch is the best sense when trying to ground myself when I find myself floating away.
I recently found out that those times and those days aren’t just a weird thing I do, it’s actually dissociation.
Using grounding techniques to bring myself back to the present time and reality has been really useful, especially after a panic attack. They don’t always work but I’ll keep trying, in the meantime it’s certainly interesting learning more about dissociation.
Note: dissociation is different from dissociative identity disorder. Dissociation is a mental process whereas dissociative identity disorder is a mental disorder.