Knock! Knock & Hello!

pexels-photo-186077.jpegThe lights are on but no one is home.   Is that familiar to you?  Are you tuned in or zoned out again. Are you going all around the place and wondering why you are there? Asking yourself what did you come for? Are you forgetting things so much and questioning yourself if it is the beginning of Alzheimer?

Sometimes, age makes silly things happen to the mind and you start to wonder if all is well upstairs.  Like regularly losing your keys or have to retrace your step in a bid to remember what you came for.  Other times the clutter of life all around us turns our mental state into disarray.  It is important to learn to bring ourselves back to planet earth before the bulb shatters upstairs.

I came across 5 grounding techniques as shared below:

How to Ground Yourself: 5 Grounding Techniques

Try one of the following grounding techniques right now to observe the effects.

Cover Your Crown

I don’t fully understand why this grounding exercise is so effective, but it almost always works. When you are ungrounded, place one hand over the crown your head. That’s it. If it helps, close your eyes to avoid distractions.

Time: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Feel Your Feet

I often use this technique with my clients because it’s so fast and effective. Sitting or standing, place all of your awareness on the bottom of your feet. Pay attention to any sensations.

Time: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Follow Your Breath

Close your eyes and as you inhale, trace the air as it enters your nose and goes into your lungs. On the exhale, follow the air leaving your lungs and exiting your nose or mouth.

This grounding technique gets more effective with practice. The key is to observe the breath instead of forcing it with your mind. Let your body lead and your mind will follow.

Time: 1 minute to 10 minutes.

Stand Like a Tree

We discussed this powerful grounding technique in a previous guide to anancient standing meditation.

Stand with your feet parallel and at least shoulder’s width apart. Keep your head floating above your body, chin tucked, and spine straight. Rest your hands at your side or place them over your navel.

Sink all of your body’s weight and tension into your feet (without collapsing your posture), allowing it to be absorbed into the ground. To support this grounding process, imagine roots growing out the bottom of your feet, extending deep into the ground beneath you.

Time: 1 minute to 10 minutes.

For a complete guide on how to correct your posture and build energy standing still, click here.

Take a Cold Shower

This grounding technique has many health benefits. Cold exposure has shown to increase immunityreduce fat, and elevate mood (by triggering dopamine). If you’re not accustomed to cold showers, at the end of your hot shower, make the water warm/cool for 30 seconds.

Over the course of the next three weeks, make the water slightly cooler and stay under it for longer. By the end of the three weeks, your body will get used to the cold temperature. It’s an invigorating and grounding experience. I recommend it unless you have high blood pressure.

Time: 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

Source: https://scottjeffrey.com/grounding-techniques/
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