One of the best ways to release stress, shift your mood and build confidence is to focus awareness in your body. Unlike your mind, which constantly frets about the past and worries about the future, your body lives in the present moment. It’s a transmitter of truth, a faithful guide that can help you create balance, harmony and ease.
Grounding yourself is a technique that will enable you to create confidence by tuning into your body and tapping into its wisdom. It entails stopping what you’re doing (especially when you’re distracted, stressed or upset) and noticing body sensations. When life gets crazy and your emotions go haywire, grounding can help you rebalance yourself and avoid anxiety, irritability and depression. Think of the roots of a tree, planted firmly and connected even in the winter ground, resting, yet completely alive despite the weather. By staying grounded or rooted you stay connected to your Self.
Here are some ways to ground yourself:
- Take a walk outside and find something in nature that’s larger than your problems and irritations. Go to a park, walk in the woods or gaze at the stars.
- Do a mini meditation. When you sense you’re getting irritable or anxious slow down your breathing. Close your eyes. Count 10 breaths on the exhale, making each breath a little longer and deeper.
- Sense the energy radiating from the palms of your hands.
- Eat a meal or snack mindfully: Use all of your sense, chew slowly, savor every bite.
- Create a grounding cord: Sit up straight and relaxed with your feet on the floor. Close your eyes, and imagine a cord extending from the base of your spine to the center of the earth grounding you like the roots of a giant tree.
- Light a scented candle (vanilla, cinnamon and pine are soothing) and gaze quietly at the flame for a few minutes.
- Stand up and feel the soles of your feet on the floor. Rock forward and back and side-to-side. Make circles with your knees, feeling the changing of sensations in the soles of your feet.
- Walk barefoot on a grounding surface such as grass, soil, sand or ceramic tile.