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What is Grounding? to get back in the driver seat of your life

Life gets busy, right? It distracts us with demands or chores, responsibilities, to-do lists, commitments. It can get overwhelming. It can lead to feeling trapped, spinning, out of control. This happens to everyone, no matter how successful, no matter how wealthy, no matter how "perfect", this feeling will happen. So what do you do? How do you stop, even for a minute, and center yourself. The answer: Grounding.

Have you ever noticed how good you can feel after a short walk outside? How about a fond memory of walking on the beach with your toes in the sand? Maybe walking in the grass, or laying down in the grass and staring at a blue sky? This is ultimately what grounding is. It's a connection back into nature. It's a connection into something bigger than yourself. It's a connection to the breath in your lungs, and the stable floor beneath your feet.

There is also a lot of science behind grounding. If you start to look at different research, there's been a lot of time spent studying what the effects of the energetic fields of the earth on the human body. It's been said to help with anxiety, sleep, even inflammation. If you want to read up on all the data check out NCBI (the National Center for Biotechnology Information). They go into great deal about the magnetic fields in the earth and how it effects the human body through direction interaction.

So, more simply, how do you do it? Well it really is easy. The fastest way to try grounding is to walk barefoot on the earth. This can be dirt, grass, sand, whatever you have access to. It also does take long. I find that standing the the grass and taking a few deep breaths has a profound impact on my mental health. If I'm having a stressful day, this act (taking place in my suburban backyard) helps calm me down and re-center myself.

There is a lot of science behind the act of grounding, and it is also as a reminder of the world around us and our connection to nature. Have you tried grounding? The next time you feel like your day is a bit out of control or overwhelming, take off your shoes and stand in the grass. You might just find you feel better, and more grounded.

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