“To be grounded is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul” – Simone Weil
It actually wasn’t that long ago when I discovered grounding as a powerful form of self care. I had a friend in a facebook group that was feeling troubled and depressed. Another friend in that group suggested grounding as a healing modality. I wasn’t sure what grounding meant in this case so I did some research.
Well, It's not about being sent to your room as a punishment. Grounding, also known
as earthing, involves connecting your body to the earth's natural energy. It may sound strange but the benefits are real. Grounding is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This can be done through either direct or indirect contact with the earth.
How do you know if you need to practice grounding? Do you ever feel like you're running on empty, both physically and emotionally? You're not alone. In our fast-paced, high-tech world, it's easy to lose touch with the simple things that help us feel balanced and centered. This could contribute to unbalanced inflammation. Inflammation is
a common culprit behind a range of health issues, from arthritis to heart disease.
Grounding has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body, potentially preventing or alleviating these conditions.
1. It improves sleep quality: leading to more energy and better overall health. If you're not getting enough restful sleep, your entire day can be thrown off (refer to my April blogpost for more details on improving sleep).
2. It eases joint pain: If you're one of the millions of people dealing with joint pain, grounding could be a simple solution. Studies have shown that grounding can help reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, potentially improving mobility and comfort.
3. It boosts mood and mental health: Mental health is a vital component of overall well-being. Grounding has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to a more positive outlook and greater overall happiness.
So how do you get grounded? It's simple.
*Kick off your shoes and step outside onto some grass, sand, or dirt.
*Lie on the ground.
*Touch trees or work in a garden.
*Swim in the sea, a lake or a pond.
*Be around and love animals.
If you're not a fan of going barefoot, you can also try using grounding mats or other devices like grounding sheets, blankets, socks, bands and patches that connect to the earth's energy.
There are many types of grounding and many definitions depending on each individual and their situation.
My favorite definition goes like this:
When we are grounded, we are humble and close to the Earth. We live simply, in a state of grace. We can embrace stillness, solidity, and clarity, “grounding out” the stresses of everyday life and increasing the vitality of our basic life force.
Those who know me, know I like to challenge myself. One of my consistent mantras is New Month New Goal (or new challenge for the month). This month I am going to add grounding as a daily practice. Each day this month I will go outside and put my bare feet on the ground or lie on the ground for a few minutes. I would love for you to join me in this challenge and then comment on how you benefited.
If you would like a deeper dive into the benefits of grounding or other forms of self care then “Let’s Talk”. I would love to help you find ways to make your days flow with a little extra ease. You can find more ideas by visiting my website and checking out my BUILDING BLOCKS.
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