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Sensory Distraction for Anxiety: Using Ice to Find Relief

Ice... Yeah, you read that right... Can help!During an anxiety attack, it can be helpful to employ various techniques to manage and alleviate symptoms. One technique involves using ice as a sensory distraction.

To begin, locate a piece of ice or an ice pack and hold it in your hand. As you grasp the ice, focus on the cold sensation and take note of how it feels against your skin. Allow yourself to fully experience the numbing effect and observe the contrast between the ice’s coldness and the warmth of your body.

While holding the ice, continue to practice deep breathing, inhaling slowly through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Concentrate on the rhythm of your breath and let it anchor you in the present moment. Deep breathing can help calm your nervous system and reduce anxiety symptoms.

By shifting your attention to the sensation of the ice in your hand, you can redirect your focus away from anxious thoughts. Pay attention to any changes in temperature or the feeling of the ice melting. This sensory experience can help ground you in the present moment and provide a temporary relief from anxiety.


It’s important to remember that using ice as a distraction technique may not work for everyone. If you find that it doesn’t alleviate your symptoms or if your anxiety persists, consider exploring other grounding techniques or seeking support from a mental health professional who can provide guidance tailored to your specific needs.

Additionally, alongside using ice as a sensory distraction, it can be helpful to challenge negative thoughts that may be contributing to your anxiety. Anxiety often stems from irrational thoughts. Take a moment to question and reframe those thoughts by asking yourself for evidence to support or contradict them. Replace negative thoughts with more realistic and positive ones.

Managing anxiety is a personal journey, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s essential to find techniques and strategies that resonate with you and seek professional help if needed. A mental health professional can provide guidance, support, and personalized strategies to help you manage anxiety attacks effectively.

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About Us: is a St. Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: or on the web at: The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.