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September 18, 2018 4 Comments

Customers sometimes share with us that our weighted blankets help them feel more grounded.


What is “grounded?”


Being grounded is the feeling of being present in the here and now.

Life experiences sometimes leave us feeling kind of “floaty,” like we aren’t attached to our bodies.  One client described it as feeling like one of those ‘airwalker’ balloons.

The most common causes of dissociation, or that “floaty” feeling, are trauma, sexual or physical abuse, and the stress of war or natural disasters.

Many people have experienced trauma. Remember this simple definition of trauma:  “I thought I was safe - and then I wasn’t.”  Even a memory of a traumatic event can cause you to feel disconnected from your body. So practicing grounding can be a helpful tool when facing trauma.

Here are a few ways to ground yourself when you feel “floaty.”

 

1. Cover yourself with your weighted blanket.

  • Then, intentionally notice each part of your body.
  • Start with your feet - notice the pressure of the blanket on your feet.
  • Notice your knees - sometimes squeezing your knees together can help you “get in”  your body more.
  • Notice the pressure of the blanket on your torso.
  • Notice the feeling of the weight on your chest and shoulders.

 

2. Look around the room.
Name specific things you see: the white clock, the big blue pillow, the bumpy brown couch.

 

3. Smell the air.
Describe what it smells like. You may choose to smell a candle, some essential oils, or another pleasant scent.

     

    4. Touch the weighted blanket.
    Rub your hands over the top noticing the feel of the beads inside the pockets.

       

      5. Taste something pleasant.
      Be intentional about focusing on the flavor on your tongue and the texture of the food in your mouth.


        Using all of your senses and purposefully focusing on each sensation, one at a time, will help your mind and body move to the present and give you a sense of being in the here and now.


        I hope this helps!

         

         Be Comforted,

        Donna Durham, MMFT

        President & Co-Founder

        Weighting Comforts

         


        4 Responses

        Michelle D Pritchett
        Michelle D Pritchett

        October 16, 2018

        I’m extremely grateful for my COOLMAX Blanket and I wanted to say Thank You for everything that it has to offer. Menopause is bananas, so it’s been a big help.

        Deborah Cutro
        Deborah Cutro

        September 24, 2018

        I’d like to exchange my recent purchase for the cool max. Is that possible? The cotton one is too much.
        Thank you

        Jennifer
        Jennifer

        September 18, 2018

        I have had my blanket for about a week and I’ve noticed a significant change in my sleep patterns. I love the blanket, and I feel like I will love it more and more each day. I look forward to going to sleep now – it’s been ages since I’ve felt that way.

        Becky
        Becky

        September 18, 2018

        I absolutely love my weighted comforts blanket. It relaxes me instantly and calms my anxiety. I slip peacefully into a deep sleep!! I just love it!

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        What Blanket Weight Should I Buy?

        A general rule when purchasing a weighted blanket is taking your weight and multiplying it by .10, or taking 10% of your body weight. Using that number, follow the chart below to guide you in finding the perfect blanket!

        100 - 130 lbs
        Quilted Cotton 10 lb
        Flannel 10 lb
        CoolMax® 15 lb
        140 - 170 lbs
        Quilted Cotton 15 lb
        Flannel 15 lb
        CoolMax® 15 lb
        180 - 200 lbs
        Quilted Cotton 20 lb
        Flannel 20 lb
        CoolMax® 20 lb
        220 + lbs
        Quilted Cotton N / A
        Flannel N / A
        CoolMax® 25 lb

         

        Fall in between two different weight limits for two blankets? We suggest going with the smaller of the two blanket weights.

        Still not sure which size to buy? Most of our customers buy one of the 15-pound blankets.