9 Ways to Stay Grounded in Uncertain Times

Updated: Aug 3, 2021


Although 2021 has arrived, the energy of 2020 remains. While we attempt to search for a sense of normalcy, it’s important to find ways to keep ourselves grounded.


Grounding is the process of reconnecting your mental, emotional, physical, and energetic state. When you’re grounded, you are more present and in alignment with your true self. When you are not grounded, you may experience stress, overwhelm, powerlessness, and sometimes disconnected from your mind and body.


Grounding also refers to contact with the Earth's surface electrons by sitting or walking outside barefoot or submerging yourself in a body of water. Grounding is the act of transferring the energy from the Earth into the body. The energy collected from the Earth into the body has many positive effects such as boosting the immune system, improving mood, and alleviating chronic fatigue, and more.


Grounding Methods


CONNECTION

Staying connected with friends and family remind us that we’re not alone. The need for connection is in our DNA. When we isolate ourselves for long periods without connection, feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression may arise. Connecting with others boosts the immune system and self-esteem. Whether you are connecting with a friend or family member through video chat or a social distance visit, connection is key. Long periods of isolation can put your health at risk.


FOOD

You can ground yourself through food by consuming root vegetables. With roots that are anchored into the Earth, nourishing vegetables such as carrots, ginger, and potatoes are perfect to consume for grounding. Root vegetables also support the root chakra.


Additionally, foods like seaweed, leafy greens, nuts, and mushrooms contain essential minerals needed to keep our bones strong and to keep our bodies performing as they should.


Last, herbs such as tulsi (holy basil) and lavender are great herbs to support the immune and nervous system. These grounding herbs nourish the body’s stress response and encourage and increase resiliency


MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Checking in and acknowledging your thoughts and emotions cultivate a healthy relationship with yourself and others. Methods of taking care of your mental and emotional health may look like taking space for yourself, booking a session with a therapist, taking a day off from work, not responding immediately to a text message or phone call, or journaling about your feelings.


MOVE

Moving your body helps to release anxious energy and restlessness. Going for a walk or finding an exercise that works for you releases endorphins, improves mental health, mood, and sleep. Moving your body also helps to control weight and reduces the risk of illnesses.


If you live in a cold climate, workout indoors, or bundle up and go for a walk. Engaging with nature even when it’s cold is grounding.


GO OUTSIDE

Although this one may seem pretty obvious, going outside and spending time in nature is medicine. Studies show that spending time in nature relieves stress, anxiety, and depression. Take a moment to connect with the trees, flowers, and all that surround you. If you're comfortable, stand barefoot in the dirt, grass, or a body of water, close your eyes and allow nature to ground and recharge you.


GRATITUDE

Practicing gratitude daily is an easy way to shift your mindset. Listing at least 1-5 things you are grateful for per day can help you focus on the good and things that are working out in your life. You can also practice gratitude simply by saying thank you.


GET CREATIVE

Studies show that taking the time to get creative improves your health. Creativity improves mental health, reduces dementia, boosts your immune system, and engages your left and right brain.


MEDITATION

Meditation is an act of returning to yourself by tuning into your mind by observing and releasing your thoughts. If you’re new to meditation, I recommend the 5 Step Meditation. In your mind with your eyes closed, list one thing you can see, smell, taste, feel, and hear. You can pick a place that makes you feel good such as the beach or a memorable vacation. Another great resource for guided meditations for beginners is YouTube. I have recorded a 10 Minute Guided Meditation for anxiety. You can find that by clicking here.


RITUAL

A morning routine sets the tone for the day. Not only is a morning ritual a form a self-care, but developing a personalized ritual also provides the opportunity to prioritize time and increase productivity. You will also feel a better sense of control over your day instead of your day controlling you.


A morning routine can look like meditating, exercising, making tea, or journaling. The wonderful thing about a morning ritual is that you can personalize it to meet your needs. To keep this time sacred, I recommend scheduling your morning routine on your calendar and minimize distractions during this time. However much time you have in the morning, ( 30 minutes or an hour), plan your routine around the time you have. To make the most of your time, plan your ritual the night prior.


Grounding is an amazing tool that can be used to keep yourself centered. I suggest gradually incorporating all tools to ensure a maximum amount of feeling grounded. Try one tool at a time and see what works best for you.



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