- Have you ever had those days where you wake up and feel out of sorts?
- Maybe you’re feeling foggy or slow?
- Or you’re tired and wired—feeling supercharged and antsy?
If you’re feeling out of whack, there’s a good chance you’re in need of grounding. Grounding is a practice that helps you find your balance again. Getting grounded has proven benefits for your health. From better sleep to reduced pain, the practice of grounding is beneficial in so many ways.
Grounding means you are letting the Earth’s electrons pass from the ground and into your body. And even if you aren’t able to get outside, there are still ways to practice grounding no matter where you are.
Here are five practices for you to try out anytime you feel like you need some more balance in your life.
Go for a walk
There’s no better way to get grounded then to go for a walk. Get your shoes on and get outside. Just 15 minutes of walking can help you feel more grounded and centered. Whether it’s just a leisurely stroll around the block or a power walk for miles, you’ll reap the grounding benefits getting outside and stretching your legs.
This technique is proven to have the same effect as many anti-anxiety medications—it’s that powerful. You can do this in a meeting, in bed, while watching TV, or while driving. All you need to do is breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts and exhale for 8 counts. Repeat this breathing cycle 3 to 4 times in a row. Feel your body instantly relax and you’ll find more balance and feel more grounded in the moment.
Stand barefoot outside
Planting your feet on the ground is the ultimate grounding technique. If you can, get outside and just stand with your bare feet on the earth, whether it’s on the grass, the sand or the dirt. Whatever you have access to! Let yourself soak this up for a few minutes. If it’s too cold outside, you can do the same exercise inside, even while sitting, and just imagine your feet on the ground outside. Making the practice of slowing down and connecting with the earth will help you to be more grounded and therefore, more balanced.
Lay down outside
If you really want to get grounded, and it’s not too cold outside, find a comfy spot to lay down and let yourself rest. Laying directly on the earth helps your body to soak up all the electrons and also gives you a much needed relaxation break.
One of the many benefits of meditation is the grounding effect. As you practice deep breathing and get into a meditative state, you can also imagine a cord going from your feet or spine to the center of the earth. This is an energy grounding technique that is often practiced by energy healers. Making meditation a part of your daily routine will help you to stay centered.
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