When was the last time you laid on grass and felt the warm sun on your face? It feels as if every cell in your body is illuminated. These are all examples of grounding.
Grounding is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body. Having the skin meet the earth is the best way to neutralize the electric charge that runs through our bodies.
Regularly connecting to the earth enhances your health and wellness and creates harmony with mind, body and soul. The benefits include reduced inflammation, improved mood, more energy, better sleep, less anxiety and depression. There is a sense of being calm, centered, balanced, and well, grounded!
During times of collective stress, as the Covid-19 pandemic is creating, grounding is even more important. As stress levels rise due to the consequences of the pandemic, getting connected to the earth can be incredibly therapeutic and self-healing. It slows our thoughts and relaxes our muscles. A regular practice can reap positive effects.
Life is hectic and the best tool for keeping your self-care practices a priority is your calendar. Schedule in your grounding practice, just like you would a workout or a zoom chat with a friend. Putting it in your calendar signals to your brain it’s a priority. Make it a non-negotiable in your day. It’s not so important when you practice, but how consistently you practice. Find a time that works for you and your lifestyle
Here are some examples of grounding practices. Choose the ones that most resonate with you. Variety is good. It keeps things fresh and boredom at bay. Rotate in a few different options.
A 5-minute work break, a 10-minute pre-breakfast ritual, or a 20-minute before bed outdoor meditation in the grass. There is no magic length of time. It can vary from day-to-day. Allow some flexibility and fluidity for your practice. Some days you may only spend 2-minutes with your feet in the grass. Other days you may spend 30-minutes napping in the grass soaking in the sun. Be consistent and flexible.
Consider adding a daily grounding practice to your day. It is an act of self-love as it nourishes your mind, body and soul creating balance and harmony. In times of stress grounding is particularly beneficial as it helps the body process stress hormones, and the mind calm anxious thoughts. The benefits build over time so stick it. Grounding will be a practice you soon look forward to each day. Mother earth is waiting for you so get grounding!
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