10 ways to get grounded now

  1. Breathe

Deep breathing into your stomach is one of the quickest ways to get back into your body and the present moment.

Instructions for the full yogic breath:

  • Find a quiet place to sit.
  • Place your palms facing up on your knees and close your eyes.
  • Make sure that you are sitting up straight.
  • Breathe in expanding your stomach outwards.
  • Once you cannot expand your stomach any further, start expanding your chest upwards and outwards.
  • Breathe out, pulling in your stomach first and then letting your chest collapse.
  • This is one round. Continue for another 5-10 rounds.
  • Although there is some effort in this breathing, you should not be forcing the body or straining. Long, slow breaths are the best.

2. Do some gentle stretching

Do 5 to 10 minutes of gentle stretching of the body. This works best when you place your full awareness on the stretching and the sensations you are experiencing in the body. Don’t forget to take long deep breaths as you stretch and to listen to your body. Once again, aim for effort without strain.

3. Remove yourself from technology

Give yourself a ten minute time-out from technology. Switch your phone, PC, TV and radio off. Just enjoy the silence and break from being tapped into the information age for a few minutes.

4. Interact with an animal

Play with a pet. Have fun and be silly.

5. Eat some heavy food

Food can be used to help ground you. “Heavy” foods such as bread, bananas, peanut butter, milk, potato, pasta etc. are the best.

6. Go outside into nature

Being in nature is one of the most powerful ways to get back to yourself. Even if you can only access a small bench under a tree in your office block, go there now. Notice the quality of the sunlight, how the leaves look, the scents in the air. Enjoy a moment to bathe in the wonderful creation around you.

7. Get a hug

A loving authentic hug can do an ungrounded person the world of good. Ask someone that you are close to and feel loved by. Make sure that they are grounded themselves when you ask.

8. Become aware of your surroundings

Take a moment to consciously notice your body and your surroundings. What can you hear and see? How do your clothes feel on your skin? Do you have any tension in your body or are you relaxed? What is happening around you?

9. Remove yourself from other ungrounded people

If you are interacting with other people who are ungrounded, remove yourself from their company for a few moments while you get grounded again. How can you tell if someone else is not grounded? They tend to be flighty, anxious, restless, impatient, oblivious of their own body and surroundings, “spaced out”, daydreaming etc. Only come back to their company when you are grounded again.

10. Do a grounding visualisation

You can do this visualisation anywhere, even at your desk. Take your shoes off and place your bare feet on the ground. Imagine that roots are growing out of the bottom of your feet and are traveling down to the centre of the earth. These roots reach the core of the earth and anchor you to the earth’s surface.

 

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