What the Heck is Grounding?
If you live in LA you probably hear a lot about grounding or being grounded.
“She’s not very grounded.” “I need to get grounded.” “Ground yourself.”
It’s a solid concept and so necessary for many of us who are being pulled in a million directions each day. But what does it really mean and how can we ground ourselves?
To me being grounded mostly has to do with being in the NOW. Physically and mentally being in the present moment. Not thinking, worrying or dreaming about the future. Being grounded takes effort and it forces your mind to be conscious and aware. On days where you are grounded things seem to flow very easily, problems are solved gracefully and tempers rarely flare. Just as the opposite can be true on days when we are ungrounded.
How do you know if you’re grounded or not?
Have you ever driven somewhere in your car and once you arrive you don’t recall the drive? Or taken your dog for a walk and suddenly you’re back at your house not remembering how you got there? Or maybe repeated a story or instruction several times because you can’t recall if you ever actually said it out loud?
If you said yes to any of these, no worries, here are some easy tips to help you quickly get grounded during your crazy day:
- Literally get your feet on the ground! Take your shoes and socks off and find a nice little piece of grassy land to stand on. Close your eyes and breathe in and out through your nose as many times as you can stand.
- Go to a yoga class. Yoga forces us to breathe and be in the moment. Plus getting in tune with your body and focusing on each of your parts is a great way to take your mind off the craziness of the day.
- Lay on the floor and breathe. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this for five minutes.
- Take a lavender salt bath. Put ¼ cup Epsom salt along with the lavender essential oil into a bathtub, leave your phone in a different room and just soak and allow your body to relax.