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Angry. What a couple of weeks it was. Like it or not, most of us now find ourselves at home with more time and space than usual. In the midst of all this uncertainty, one thing is certain: right now we need to show gentleness to others, to ourselves and to our bodies.
Although I know the fear that can creep in, I also believe with all my heart that the more we let stress in our room, the more vulnerable our immune system is and the less we have to give to our fellow human beings. While it is important to be prepared, it is equally important to take care of your body and mental health.
Now, more than ever, is a good time to do activities that reduce stress and increase your wellbeing. Enter grounding. Grounding is a great way to get outside and increase your general wellbeing while also practicing social distancing. Not only is it incredibly connecting and calming, it can even boost immunity.
So what is ground? Alternative medicine practice, also called “grounding,” is one of those things that has a fancy word but is actually pretty simple. Grounding simply means spending time barefoot in nature and putting your feet in direct contact with the ground (such as the ground, water, sand, or any conductive surface). This contact with the earth is an easy way to absorb the earth’s electromagnetic charge and provides an amazing boost to your overall wellbeing.
2 of 6It doesn’t take much. Start small with a few minutes a day and enjoy a small boost of vitamin D while you are at it. Some of my favorite ways to incorporate grounding during my day are skipping shoes when checking the mail, watering my plants outdoors, and having lunch outside in the grass (barefoot, of course). I have been grounded every day for weeks for the past few days and have been so grateful for such a calming practice.
Read on to learn some of the benefits of connecting more directly to Earth and let us know in the comments below: What are you doing to relieve stress?
3 of 6Grounding neutralizes free radicals
To begin with, grounding will reduce free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive atoms that are formed when our body deals with inflammation, viruses, infections, cell damage, trauma, stress and our toxic environment. They cause our immune system to work at full speed to respond to these threats. Free radicals play an important role in fighting these things, but when they build up in our system they can cause a wide variety of health problems and make us more susceptible to chronic problems. The good news is that we can easily discharge these through the ground. The negative electrons of the earth quench the free radicals and thus support our immune system.
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Grounding improves immunity and lowers inflammation
Possibly the best reason to start grounding everyone! Studies have shown that grounding improves cortisol levels. Since high cortisol (often associated with stress) causes inflammation throughout the body, not only can grounding lower cortisol, it can also decrease inflammation – which has been linked to an increased risk of autoimmunity, infection, chronic pain, and a generally weakened immune system . Walking on the ground with your bare feet releases the free radicals that can be created by inflammatory factors such as stress, trauma, and illness. When the grounding neutralizes free radicals, the immune system calms down. As a result, healing is faster and the body is able to fight infection, repair cells more efficiently, and detoxify waste.
5 of 6Grounding improves sleep and relieves pain
We all know by now that time in nature is amazingly calming and regenerating. Grounding has shown that the influx of negative electrons from the earth calms the nervous system by shifting the autonomic nervous system from the sympathetic branch “fight or flight” to the parasympathetic branch “rest and digestion”. Which we could all use additional support! Stress relief is also important for managing pain and improving the quality of sleep.
In a blind pilot study, months of grounding for one month in subjects with insomnia and chronic muscle and joint pain improved the quality of sleep by 74% to 100%. They felt rested upon waking, had muscle stiffness and chronic pain, back and joint pain, and general well-being. Another study showed less anxiety, more energy, and a decrease in hot flashes!
How do you resolve stress, tension and anxiety? Share your tips and rituals with us below.
This post was originally published on March 23, 2020 and has been updated since then.
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