5 Ways to Ground Yourself
5 Ways to Ground Yourself
By Carina Devi
Grounding is the process of bringing ourselves to a place of balance and ease, with a feeling of being anchored to our bodies, hearts, or the Earth.
How do you know when you need to ground?
Anytime you are feeling stressed, anxious, rushed, with a racing mind, or like there is too much going on around you, it is time to ground. When we are ungrounded, we experience inflammation, poor sleep, over-attachment to our devices, hyper-focused on appearance, and disconnected from others.
Here are 5 simple and effective ways to ground yourself throughout your day.
1. Visualize rooting: Visualization is a powerful tool that can’t be overlooked. Your brain can’t actually tell the difference between having an experience and imagining one, and because it is so effective, visualization is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for physical healing, emotional wellness, and much more. Try this:
Bring your feet to the floor and focus your awareness on your feet. Imagine that instead of ending at the floor, they continue right down through the ground, growing into deeper and deeper layers of Earth, in the same way that tree roots grow strong and deep. Imagine that all of the stress you are feeling is trickling down through these roots, in the same way that sand falls in an hourglass. As that stress trickles down, it is absorbed and recycled by the Earth, leaving you feeling clear and calm
2. Get low to the ground: Most of us tend to live with a “head-up” awareness. That is, we are very aware of our thoughts and what we see from the level of our eye line, without paying attention to the rest of our bodies and all of our other sources of awareness beyond our head. To help get us out of our mind, we can bring our bodies low to the ground. This draws awareness to our heart, awareness to our body, and gives us a much-needed shift in perspective. Try sitting on the floor, crawling on your hands and knees, lying on your back with your knees hugged into your chest, or lying on the ground. Incorporate the rooting visualization from the previous tip and notice how you feel afterwards.
3. Move your body. When we move our body, whether through dance, yoga, sex, walking, exercise, or playing with our kids, we give our minds a rich sensory experience to connect to. As you move, tune in as fully as you can to the sensations you feel in your skin and muscles, the sensations of your body moving through space, and the sounds, smells, light, and colors around you.
4. Earth! The fastest way to ground yourself is to put your bare feet on the dirt, on the grass, or in a natural body of water. This is because the Earth is rich with negative ions, the same ones our bodies are designed to be charged with. When we wear shoes, use computers and smartphones, and live indoors, we are charged with positive ions, which effectively unground us. If it is too cold where you are, bring the outdoors in:
Take a bath or soak your feet with epsom salts or bentonite clay
Eat grounding foods such as root vegetables, warm starches (oatmeal, risotto, pasta, potatoes), dark leafy greens, and meat.
Keep grounding crystals in your home and hold them in your hand or place them on your body when you feel ungrounded
5. Use grounding essential oils. Essential oils are the healing mechanism of the planet, and since we share a vast majority of our DNA with plants, what heals them also has healing effects on us. Think for a moment about how grounded a tree feels. There is a reason we feel called to be in the forest when we are overloaded with stress. When we reach for a bottle of Cedarwood essential oil, we are reaching for the essence of the tree’s grounding and healing properties. Oils can be massaged into the body or diffused through the air of your home with an essential oil diffuser. Our favorite grounding oils are:
Douglas Fir or White Fir
Which grounding strategy speaks to you most?