How to stay grounded: by walking on the ground

In a recent podcast interview (episode will be out soon), I discussed the importance of being grounded and I wanted to share some quick tips.

When we allow our body to connect with the Earth, we enhance our mental, physical, and emotional well being and create a more sound, clear way of thinking.

Being grounded is important because we tend to be “airy” when we are stressed, worried, anxious etc. When our body is under that sort of stress, it needs to be balanced out with some grounding exercises. In yoga, Savasana (final relaxation pose or corps pose) is such an important pose as it helps to root you to the earth, connect you to mother nature and calm the central nervous system. Lying on a firm surface helps the body calm itself.

Nina Manipon, a Natropathic Physician in Stamford, CT states that one of the easiest ways to ground yourself is to walk barefoot in the grass. Live in a city? Find a local park or playground. Live by the beach? Walk in the ocean. Walking barefoot connects our bodies to earth and allows our body to feel sensations unavailable while wearing shoes.

Other ways to ground yourself in nature:

+Go outside and place your hand/s on a tree you feel drawn to.

+Sit and imagine your life as part of nature.

+Walk barefoot along the beach, letting the water lap at your feet.

+Walk barefoot to the mailbox.

+Walk barefoot as your bring out your trash bin.

(Be mindful of any dog poo, glass, sharp rocks or other objects. no one likes a bloody toe or a smelly foot!)

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