Have you ever wondered what it means to be grounded?
In these uncertain times, we need to stay grounded more than ever. We may not be in control of what’s happening around us, but staying grounded helps us respond more positively to whatever life throws at us since we are more in control of our feelings and thoughts. Being grounded also allows us to accept situations even if they are inconvenient or difficult. We can think more clearly so that we can make good and appropriate decisions and have no regrets.
What does it mean to be grounded?
Staying grounded means:
•Maintaining emotional and mental balance
•Being deeply in touch with yourself
•Staying focused on the “now” (present)
•Recognizing your self-worth
•Having a sense of purpose
•Believing and trusting yourself
•Making space for mindfulness
Being grounded is one of the most effective ways to take care of your mental and emotional health. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Please keep in mind that people who stay grounded also get upset or worried. No one is immune to life’s challenges. But when you are grounded you are less likely to be overwhelmed by upsetting events. You may get side-tracked, but if it happens, you can quickly realign yourself to maintain your balance.
Literally speaking, being grounded means having your feet on natural ground. So for instance, even if there’s a typhoon, you won’t get blown over because you feel grounded and connected to the roots of the earth. It’s a state of mind that we can cultivate through various practices that will be discussed below.
Helpful techniques to Get Grounded
From lowering stress levels to loving and believing in yourself, staying grounded has so many benefits. Start living your life more fully with these proven grounding techniques:
- breathe consciously: At least five times a day, pause whatever you are doing and take five deep, slow, calming breaths. On every in-breath, imagine how you are taking in the calming, relaxing, grounding and balancing qualities of the earth. On each out-breath, let go of stress, worry, anxiety, fear, tension, pressure and whatever else you may be feeling right in that moment and come into the here and now. Do this every day. It’s one effective method that can instantly help you stabilise your emotions.
- Place your hands in water: Place your hands in warm water first then cold and vice-versa. Focus on how the water feels on your palms and fingertips.
- Go for a walk: Focus on your steps and take note of the rhythm of your steps and how it feels to have your foot on the ground.
- Savour your food or drink: Allow yourself to savor each bite or each sip of food or drink that you enjoy. Take time to fully enjoy how it smells and tastes. And especially in the colder season make sure that it is warming, nourishing food and drink.
- Be active: Stretch and exercise. Pay attention to how your body feels while you move and afterwards.
- Feel the earth directly under your feet: Take off your footwear and relish the feeling of your feet on the ground. Do this as often as you can during the day: at home, on the grass, on the beach, wherever it feels appropriate. Feel the energy of the earth rising up through your feet into your legs and up and up your whole body. There is plenty of energy coming from the earth through the soles of your feet into your body. You are safe, you belong, you are at home here and in the moment.
- Recite: Think of an affirmation or a line from a poem or favourite reading and recite it over and over in your mind or out loud. It helps to ground you mentally, to keep your mind focused on the present moment.
- Visualise a calming scene: It could be a time spent on the beach, listening to the waves reaching the shore, or any scene that is serene where you feel relaxed.
- Practice soothing techniques: If you are feeling down and defeated, repeat compassionate phrases to yourself such as, “It might be difficult now, but you’ll make it through.” You can also try touching something that gives you comfort. It could be your favorite blanket, or you can also put on your favorite scarf. Take a moment to feel the sensation of the fabric as it touches your skin.Finding peace and happiness in these uncertain times can be hard. Staying grounded will help tremendously in navigating unavoidable challenges and struggles in life. These grounding techniques can help you maintain emotional stability to prevent you from breaking down and a cool head to think clearly and solve problems under difficult circumstances.