She cried and pace. What would happen tomorrow? What would happen when she laid eyes on her estranged husband again. Her stomach was tied in knots. She thought about facing the man who had controlled her life and now sought to destroy her. She cried, and she paced until she remembered that the earth beneath her would replenish and revive her. And so, she grounded, she healed, and she contemplated her next move.
Have you found yourself in a state of panic? In a phase where you mull over the coming days or a current issue with anxiety? Me too. I want to teach you about a reconnection technique I use and advise clients and friends to tune in and turn on; grounding.
Last week, I introduced the term and technique grounding. This week, I want to expand on this tactic. So, this week’s challenge is to practice grounding.
What is Grounding?
Grounding is a coping strategy. It is another way to practice mindfulness and self-awareness. Grounding (not to be confused with earthing)* physically “grounds” you in and immediately connects you back to the present moment. This coping tactic is a way to ease anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. I also know from my journey that grounding is a useful tactic to treat dissociation. So instead of zoning out to cope, you would ground to tackle.
The goal of grounding is to draw your mind back to your body by healthily focusing on a physical sensation. One on the key aspects of grounding is that you are barefoot and the your feet and hands are on the floor. Connecting to ground or earth helps to balance your energy physically and mentally.
Reconnect with the Bridge
Yoga, in general, is an excellent way to ground. One fundamental pose which is excellent for holistic and physical wellbeing is the bridge. After all, it relieves headaches, improves digestion, opens the chest/lungs, and it calms the nervous system. When combined with mediation, the bridge is an excellent way to push negative energy out of your mind and body while fostering self-healing. I use and recommend this tool as a means to remain high functioning in high-stress situations. This technique will calm and revitalize you. It is a great middle of the day stretch for those who work from home.
This strategy is an essential grounding tactic. It halts a freakout and returns you to center and self. It allows you to focus, get up, and go get it!
Good luck with this week’s challenge!
I teach different grounding techniques to clients to help them focus on both monumental tasks and daily self-care. You don’t need to be in a panic to benefit from grounding. In fact one of my weekly grounding activities is to garden. Tending the soil keeps me present. Here is to planting yourself to bloom.
*For more on the above distinction- earthing, which is the practice of using earth’s negative charge to balance out humans positive charge-read more from https://earthinginstitute.net/. Earthing is not part of my coaching toolkit as it practiced to heal injuries. Never let it be said that I held back knowledge.