Feeling spacy? Can’t stop thinking about someone or something? Drained by a toxic environment? Lost in social media? Feeling disconnected from loved ones? Or just feeling lethargic by this whole pandemic?
One simple and effective way to cope is with Grounding. And its name suggests it’s got to do with coming back to the ground.
An age old set of techniques trusted by therapists and healers for centuries, grounding allows you to reconnect with yourself, release stress and most importantly, allow Mother Nature to heal you. For best results, grounding needs to be practiced at least a few times a week for 20-30 minutes.
Here are a 3 of my favourite techniques that offer relief:
Walking Barefoot on Earth releases free radicals and stress from the body into the Earth and at a physical level lessens muscle tension and stress. Reflexology, Yoga and Naturopathy have stressed the multiple benefits of walking barefoot on grass for a few minutes daily stating that not only does it help relieve stress, it promotes better sleep, reduces inflammation, regulates the functioning of the body organs and leaves you feeling so good to be outdoors walking under the sky and the sunshine. And if you can’t find time to go outdoors, even working with earth doing activities like gardening and pottery help regain a sense of perspective and inner knowing.
Meditate with Healing Crystals like Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Banded Agate and Pyrite. These stones not only reduce confusion and lessen the negativity, they also help balance our moods and bring us back to a practical, sense of reality. Do remember to cleanse and energize your crystals before use and cleanse them after.
Breathe & Stretch remain my favourite ways to ground. There are many techniques for deep breathing, and personally I have found the 636 (breathe in to 6, hold for 3, exhale for 6)and the Box (inhale to a count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for a count of 4)method of breathwork have helped bring calm within seconds. Stretching and accupressure releases pent up tension and helps better sleep.
From improving blood circulation, easing pains and restoring a sense of clarity and connectedness, grounding is one healing technique with zero side effects, best done regularly.
Wishing you peace
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