Anything from an unbalanced diet to negative thought patterns can cause someone to feel ungrounded. If you are often stuck in your head or regularly eat a low-calorie diet — getting grounded should be a top priority.
People often call me a “space cadet” and it’s not because I work for NASA — it’s because my head is almost always in the clouds. As a creative person, I often see this as a good thing; however, being ungrounded also comes with symptoms of anxiety, confusion and sometimes even light-headedness. I am also a vivid dreamer and it takes quite a while before I “come back down to earth” when I wake up in the morning. If you also consider yourself a bit of an “airhead,” or even if you’ve just been feeling anxious, it might be time to consider daily grounding techniques to keep yourself calm and centered. Here are five ways to do just that:
A very effective way to get grounded is to picture your body getting connected to the ground (even if you live in a high-rise building, this will still be effective). Sit or lie down on your bed and imagine a cord running from your root chakra (near your pelvis) all the way down to the center of the earth. There is no right or wrong way to imagine this; it’s the feeling of being connected to the earth that you want to cultivate in yourself. Breathe deeply while picturing the energy from the earth running up the cord and into your body. Do it for as long as you feel necessary. You will be filled with a calm, centered energy you can only get from Mother Earth, herself.
There are a number of crystals that can get you grounded in your body. One of the most popular is “black tourmaline.” This dense, black crystal is known to ground you in positivity as well as protect you from negative thoughts. If you are sensitive to the energies of crystals, “smoky quartz” might be a good one to try as it provides a grounding feeling without being too heavy. It grounds and uplifts simultaneously for a nice, balanced feeling that isn’t too overwhelming.
3. Put your feet on the ground
The most obvious and easiest way to get grounded is to, well…get your feet on the ground! This is nearly impossible if you live in a cold climate, but when summer rolls around, make sure you spend as much time as you can walking on the ground with your bare feet. The earth is negatively charged and this is the kind of energy that is most conducive to good health. Go for a walk on the beach or sit under a tree with your feet or hands planted on the ground and see how good it feels!
4. Eat grounding foods
If you are eating a low-fat or raw diet, it might be time to re-consider -- especially in the winter months. According to Ayurveda, foods such as pumpkin, squash, whole milk, sweet potato, and figs are the best foods for a grounded diet. In the fall and winter, the body needs nutrient dense foods to stay strong so making sure you get some grounding foods in will do wonders for your overall health and give you a sense of calm and connectedness.
5. Salt water bath
Swimming in the ocean is one of the most grounding activities you can do. However, not everyone has access to a beautiful sea to swim in, so the second best thing would be to fill a bathtub with water and then sprinkle in some sea salt. Make sure it is 100% pure salt from the sea and not table salt. Not only will it make your hair soft and your skin silky and smooth, the sea salt will also help ground you to the earth and will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
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