The Importance of Grounding
One of the things we advocate in the clinic, is to use grounding to balance our physical, emotional, mental and energy states - it is a way of reconnecting to ourselves.
When we are grounded, we become our own energy source, drawing on a strong foundational relationship within ourselves. Grounding allows our body to access our talents, our innate power, and nourishes our ability to envision ways to create the best life for ourselves.
Being ‘grounded’ means being present in your body and connected with the earth. When you're grounded, you allow yourself to feel centred and balanced, no matter what's going on around you. If you aren't grounded, you're like a leaf in the wind - very vulnerable and thrown off balance very quickly, so don’t allow yourself to be blown around by the turbulence in life.
I use grounding before every client session, I use it throughout the day to recentre myself, I use it when I feel anxious or overwhelmed, I use it in the supermarket queue, and when I am doing something I don’t really want to be doing. No one else needs to know you are doing this, but it will bring a sense of peace and calm to your daily living.
My suggestion is that you make a conscious decision to take these steps daily:
How to ground yourself
Tune into your physical body, feel your feet on the floor, where your body is in the seat - any physical sensations you may have.
Notice where your attention is - so often our attention is outside of ourselves, and all we want to do is take up the space in our bodies. See what you notice - maybe it is tingling, weight and heaviness in your legs or arms, pulsing, just notice it without any thought of trying to fix it.
If you feel pain at all, bring your attention out so that you are just touching the edge and breathe, then bring your attention back out again. If you feel able to, breathe into the space, allowing that sense of calm to filter down and through your body.
Be gentle with yourself, the more you do this, the more comfortable you will become with sitting in this place within our body. Remember to go at your own pace, at the beginning you may get some uncomfortable feelings.
As you bring the energy in, you will start to feel emotions:
A knot in your stomach
That urge to move
Those inner thoughts that crop up
Allow these to happen, they are just thoughts - that inner chatter or voice is what drives us, it is an inner part of us that throws up defences. Just acknowledge where you are, where your contact points are in the chair, the feeling of your feet on the ground, and breathe.
Reground yourself. Welcome your energy back - it wants to be with you and heal you, to be with you and help you navigate your life.
You can also use the just five things exercise when feeling overwhelmed - look around you, and name:
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can smell
2 things you can touch
Take 1 big breath in through the nose and sigh on the out breath
I hope that this blog on grounding has been helpful to you, we have lots of tools and techniques to help and support you on your wellbeing journey.
If you would like to speak to one of our practitioners to see how we can help you with physical pain, emotional pain, chronic pain or unexplained pain symptoms, remember that we have a free 30-minute Discovery Call available - we would love to hear from you.