I'm under the impression that grounding exercises only work when you do them /a lot/..? I'm just so tired.. I try and I feel a tiny bit grounded for a few seconds, and then it's gone. I don't have breaks from my derealization, it's constant, it hasn't stopped for about a year and has gotten progressively worse. I want to cry, but I'm scared it will make me worse. I'm just so scared of nearly everything. I know I should relax and stop worrying but it's so hard. I need friends, too. Ugh..
Grounding techniques do work better when you do them consistently. They’re helpful when you just do them once, but making them a practice makes them easier to do and more effective.
Talk to a therapist about what you’re going through right now. It sounds like you’re in a lot of distress and need some help.
Try not to beat yourself up about worrying. Relaxing is really hard, but sometimes we end up feeling like “I should just stop.” It really isn’t that easy.
Good luck anon. Stay safe.