“Wired to the moon” might describe feeling a bit hyper. “Grounded” is the opposite. So why does it matter?
This plant was a gift from Jackie, one of my yoga students. A few years ago it was tiny, now it is ready to be transplanted again.
It is growing well because it has strong roots and it gets enough light, water and space. So what about us; what does it mean for a person to be ‘rooted’ or ‘grounded’?
Grounded V ungrounded
Being grounded is when I am comfortable in my own skin and aware of what is happening around me.
It means staying present even when a sensation isn’t so pleasing. If my mood is as changeable as the weather some days, I won’t repress or deny it!
Not being grounded is often the result of stress. It can manifest as feeling scattered, imbalanced, overwhelmed or confused.
- a walk in the fresh air alone without a phone
- deep breathing practice
- getting your hands in the soil
- slow yoga, creativity or baking; anything done mindfully
- being in nature
Three habits worth cultivating
- Put phones and computers away early in the evening. During the day, limit your screen time.
- Reduce tea and coffee consumption
- Say ‘no’ to people and tasks and prioritise some pamper time for yourself.
Simple but not always easy, eh?
Some folks thrive on routine, others do not or can not. Life is not a rigid timetable, especially when other people depend on you; parents and carers of all kinds know this.
When it comes to things that can keep you grounded during this turbulent time in our world, keep it real. For example, what time of the day might suit you for some self-care?
Being aware of what keeps you earthed and what throws you out of kilter is really important. Maybe you can identify one thing, then take a small action to help you keeping calmer today.
When grounded, you feel…
- really in your whole body, not caught up in endless spinning thoughts
- solid in yourself; literally connected to the earth
- that you have stable energy levels throughout the day as opposed to fluctuations or feeling depleted easily
- aware of every physical sensation
- more focused, calmer, and less affected by the moods of others.
If at all possible, we all need to form the habit of nourishing ourselves regularly. I hope that this post will prompt you to consider grounding in your own life.
Kathryn Crowley teaches online yoga from her home in County Limerick, Ireland. She is also an artist who applies creativity for health. Contact: her here: https://artyshe.com/contact/