If you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed, you already have the antidote inside you. Try these simple grounding practises to take you from arrrrghhhh to aaahhhhhhh.
When you're ungrounded you may suffer far more with anxiety and overwhelm and find making decisions torturous.
In yoga we talk a lot about grounding and we mean both physically grounding ourselves into the earth so we can balance. But in terms of working with our energetic system, when we draw energy up from our root chakra, we feel supported and balanced in our minds too.
Here are a couple of ideas on how to ground yourself so you feel less overwhelmed and more able to handle life:
Cook with root vegetables
Disconnection from the body is a cultural epidemic. We often over or under eat, deprive ourselves of sleep and function on artificial stimulants to keep up with the demands of a faster society.
Of all the losses rupturing the human soul today, this alienation is especially damaging because it separates us from the very roots of existence; our grounding. It has become all too easy to lose our dynamic connection with our body, but by listening and eating from within we can begin to unlock the true power of our bodies and minds.
Include grounding ingredients like root vegetables, earthy foods and plant based proteins in her cooking. Soups and broths, root vegetables, ghee and spices are all great foods to eat when a sense of belonging or community is needed in your life.
When you need to find your sanctuary, to anchor back to your roots and be reminded of your home, ingredients that come from the earth are brilliant.
I’ve been making some lovely soups recently, something I find incredibly soothing to both cook and consume (preferably with a massive hunk of bread).
Spend time in nature
If this seems obvious, it’s because it is - and SO important. Living in cities with so much light and sound pollution, busy roads and the constant thrum of people rushing around, it can be challenging to find time to disconnect from technology and get out of our heads.
Honestly, I go a little insane if I don’t get out for a walk in nature everyday.
My thoughts can race and problems seem insurmountable until I stop for a second to notice the sound of water running down a hill, the sight of a flock of birds in the sky or the changing colours of the leaves. Nature therapy is REAL.
Of course you can take your walk in nature a step further and have some special time with a tree or two. Lean against a tree to feel it supporting you. Direct your attention to your breath entering your body through your feet, imagining roots connecting you to the earth's core.
If you can handle a little chill or moisture, take your shoes off and feel your weight on your feet as they sink into the earth. Mmmm, yummy.
If you think this sort of thing is a bit tree-hugging-hippy-weirdo, it IS! But if feels great, so leave your ego with your MacBook and get outside to commune with nature.
Have baths in epsom salts and rose
Adding your favourite essential oils (I love lavender in particular) and rose petals is going to take your bath from blah to beatific. If you feel particularly drawn to a flower or plant - LISTEN and follow that urge, because you probably need whatever medicinal properties it has.
Twenty minutes in a bath with epsom salts relieves muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints, alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.
Even if you don’t think the plants are talking to us (and why not, hhhmmm?) you might be convinced to give it a try in times of stress or when feeling overwhelming emotions. With the highest vibrational frequency of any oil, rose helps to open your heart and soul to connection and love and so is brilliant when dealing with fear, stress or hard-heartedness.
Chant 'Om Manu Padme Hum’
Man, I used to think chanting was SO weird. Now I bloody love it.
Getting my chant on makes me feel so much better than any high I've ever experienced. Honestly, if I had an invitation to a party or a chanting circle, I’d be in that circle faster than you could say Om Manu Padme Hum.
This is one of the most famous Buddhist and Hindu chants in the world and it translates roughly to: I honor the jewel within the lotus bloom and is a metaphor representative of honoring the divinity within yourself and within everyone and everything. Beautiful ey? You are the lotus bloom, my friend. The jewel within is the divinity and enlightened compassion of Buddhahood.
I like to listen to chants on YouTube to get some good vibes in my ears while I’m working (particualryl when I’m feeling a lot of worry or fear). So I’d suggest this is a nice place to start if you think chanting is a bit OUT THERE MAN yet would like some balancing vibes.
Brew some tea
If you want to throw everything you've got at your overwhelm, drink Pau D'Arco tea. The bark comes from a tree in South America and research shows it can help strengthen the body’s immune system, reduces pain in cancer sufferers, fights candida, reduces inflammation, detoxifies the body and provides anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Wow.
Is anything more grounding than tea made from the bark of a strong and ancient tree?
Other grounding teas to consider are dandelion root, cinnamon, licorice, turmeric, fennel seeds and cardamom. I could do a whole separate post on the amazing healing properties of tea and how the very ritual of brewing, serving and drinking tea is grounding in itself - watch this space if you'd like to learn more.
Grounding energy feels good. It feels strong. It feels stable. It feels like taking care.
When you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious, be gentle and trust that you know what you need.
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