Grounding and Earthing
This time in history has and continues to be a lot, and coping with all the layers of life can be profoundly challenging.
How are you managing?
When ‘metaphoric’ plates are full of acute and chronic issues, weaving throughout your days and beyond, remembering what you can do in the moment to support yourself, can be a challenge within itself.
When overwhelm has struck, and stress an unwelcome companion, consider Grounding as a ‘go-to’ move to do, with ease and flow.
“Grounding invites you to sense your body, notice your tension patterns, and surrender the weight of your physical body into gravity to feel the support of the earth. As a resource for trauma recovery, Grounding can help you reclaim a sense of safety, feel rooted in the present moment, and strengthen your resilience.”
Sound good but don’t know where to start?
Here are a few of the Classics:
- *Feet on Ground Earthing: barefoot, spend time connecting with the earth to benefit from the negative ions resulting in positive effects mentally and physically.
Be deliberate in truly feeling the earth beneath your heels, soles and toes, as you press into the ground beneath. Be fluid in your approach, allowing this time and space to be one with the earth and yourself.
*Have a penchant for sciency things? Learn more about Earthing and the science behind it here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/
- Using your senses: 5-4-3-2-1
- What are 5 things you can see?
- What are 4 things you can feel?
- What are 3 things you can hear?
- What are 2 things you can smell?
- What is 1 thing you can taste?
Allow this exercise to re-focus your attention where you are.
- Mantra-like statements:
“Everything right now is ok.”
“I am safe.”
One of my new mantras this year is: “This or that is not a today problem”. It works for me personally but feel free to create your own helpful mantra(s) or find a few that feel impactful and then keep reminders of them in your space.
Are you looking for guided Grounding options?
Consider using https://healbright.com/p/meditations as a fantastic free resource containing quite a few Grounding meditations. If you find one or more options that you enjoy, you can download a copy to your computer or simply return to the website.
One of my favourite grounding techniques from Dr. Schwartz is: “Grounded into feet and legs.” You can decide to follow the meditations or have a listen and jot down the process to practice anytime, anywhere.
My insider trick:
When it comes to collecting different tools and techniques, it’s essential to have a few that fit various time perimeters. Perhaps think about grounding options that suit:
- 15 seconds or less
- 1-2 minutes
- 5 minutes or longer
With a handful of tools or techniques that suit you best that align with various time allotments, choosing the right coping mechanism in the moment presents more ease and flow.
With that said, I hope this blog inspires you to embrace the best grounding techniques that work best for you!
Please take excellent care of you!