Have you been feeling anxious, irritable or indecisive lately? With all the things going on in the world right now, it’s easy to feel this way. Our nervous systems have been through a lot! One of the ways we like to come back to ourselves is through grounding practices.
What is grounding?
Grounding practices are rituals to help you come back to the present during the times when you’re feeling like your feet aren’t quite on the ground. These rituals are small things you can do in a short period of time to ease stress and overwhelm with best results seen when practiced daily.
Create calm amidst the chaos with these grounding rituals you can do daily.
Step into nature
When was the last time you’ve been outside? With a lot of us still working from home, it can be hard to schedule time to get into nature. We suggest stepping into your backyard (or neighbourhood park) and get close to the ground. Take your socks off and stand in the grass with your bare feet or sit cross-legged and do some deep breathing. It will really help. Whether you’re sitting in a park with friends or going on a hike, try making time for the great outdoors regularly!
This one isn’t for everybody but it’s definitely one of the most of effective if you’re trying to be more present. If you’re new to meditation, we suggest downloading a meditation app like Headspace or Calm to get you started! They have some great guided meditations to help ease anxiety and bring you back to yourself.
Exercise is essential to living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle but when we say movement we’re not talking about going for a 5k run first thing in morning or hitting the gym to lift some heavy weights. The type of movement we’re talking about it much slower than that. Whether it’s some simple stretches or some light yoga, do something that helps you slow down and connect with your body.
Bonus: Take a tech break
One of the easiest things you can do to feel more grounded? Put the phone away for a bit. Give yourself the permission to unplug and be in the moment!