In very simple terms, anchoring is achieved by pairing physical touch with a feeling or behaviour, enabling us to recall those feelings or states of minds by simply repeating the physical action.
It can then be used in situations where we may want to to feel more calm, positive or relaxed. You may need to practice steps 3 & 4 a few times, it’s worth persevering, the more you do it the better the recall.
1. Decide how you want to feel
2. Remember a time that you REALLY experienced that feeling
3. Choose a physical anchor device – perhaps clenching your fist or touching your thumb and forefinger together
4. Recall that memory and really get it into it, what did you see, what could you hear, how did it feel. As you do this, use your physical anchor. When you have finished with that memory, release the anchor. Do it several times so that association is really bedded down
5. Test the anchor by using your device – the finger & thumb or the fist. If the feeling isn’t quite there, practice makes perfect!
Thank you for visiting! Please note that I am now practicing in Stockbridge, having moved from my previous clinic in Chandlers Ford. Google is still showing the old address, but I hope that this will be corrected very soon.