Are you looking for a new way to connect with nature? There are a variety of things that you can do to make that happen. One of the simplest and powerful ways to do that is through grounding.
What is grounding?
A lot of people are disconnected from their bodies and from the Earth in this day and age. Grounding or earthing is basically connecting to the Earth by means of walking barefoot on grass, dirt or concrete for at least 10-20 minutes each day to allow for a sufficient electron transfer.
When you walk barefoot, your body basically picks up free ions from the earth's surface, acting as antioxidants for your system. And although this may seem unfamiliar to many, this practice has been prevalent and done in other cultures for thousands of years.
Nature also has a special way of soothing us. When you are feeling stressed, or have just been spending too much time indoors nd in front of your screens, getting outside to reconnect with nature is a simple way to soothe your body and soul.
Going barefoot is undeniably one of the best ways to become more aware, get in tune and harness your connection with the environment and nature around you. Going solo works wonders, but having friends and family around is also lovely.
Like all forms of exercise, we release endorphins through walking as well. Walking barefoot allows you to stay fit, clear your mind from worries and reduce your stress levels.
Going outside and reconnecting with nature through grounding helps you enjoy fresh air. It has also been associated with increased melatonin production while regulating cortisol levels, which affects your sleep quality in a positive way.
Walking barefoot helps you practice mindfulness because you become more aware of the sensations you’re feeling through your feet. This helps you stay grounded and present in the moment.
Most of the chronic health conditions out there are linked to inflammation in one way or another. Grounding is one way to help address and reduce inflammation as it allows you to connect to the Earth and make way for our planet’s electrical charges to seep through your body.
Earthing helps reduce some risk factors of cardiovascular disease.
Immersing yourself in nature will help raise your positive vibrations since there is a higher energy in nature. Picking up higher frequencies emitted through grounding will help increase your energy levels and make you happier.
Grounding helps improve heart rate variability and makes your autonomic nervous system function better. This leads to better emotional resilience, better recovery, and overall well-being.
Before you start grounding, it can be beneficial to start trying out activities that require you to go barefoot at first like Pilates, yoga, etc. You have to get used to that feeling of doing activities with no shoes on first before you go outside and immerse yourself in your environment and nature.
Aside from that, you can also try barefoot walking indoors. Just make sure you do it on safe surfaces!
Once you’re ready and comfortable, it’s best to opt for small walks at first. Try and see how it feels like walking barefoot for 10-20 minutes a day and gradually increase grounding/earthing time once you get the hang of it.
Being aware of your surroundings is very important before you start grounding. Pay attention, be vigilant and look out for things that might damage your feet even though you’re walking on soft, natural surfaces and terrains. You never know what’s in there and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t forget to clean and examine your feet after grounding. Remember that you don’t have shoes on so it’s totally not possible to keep your feet safe from bacteria, grime and other elements. This is also a way for you to check if there are splinters or injuries and provide necessary foot hygiene and care as soon as possible.
If you experience pain or discomfort, you’re likely more prone to injuries. Take it as a sign to decrease your grounding time or completely stop until you heal.
If you’re not a fan of walking, you can still ground yourself by placing your feet on the ground. You can do that while standing or sitting in a chair.
If walking and standing for periods of time is not realistic for you, opt for grounding systems like grounding mats, sheets, wristbands and ankle bands.
May 25, 2022