How to use grounding and nature to;
- Calm your mind
- Reduce anxiety
- Bring balance into your life
What is grounding?
Grounding, to me spending time, is spending time in nature and finding your calm. Grounding is a technique that people use to find balance and stability in their life again.
Some of my favourite grounding techniques;
1. Heel to Toe
Slowly touch your heel on the floor and roll your foot until your toes then touch the floor, do each foot roll for a count of 5 and then hold your foot the the floor for another 5 seconds.
This exercise is something I do when I wake up at weekends or when I first get home in the evenings. It allows your body to relax, rebalance and connect with the stability of nature around you.
It also allows you to take time to slow down and focus solely on the counting and slow motion movement in your lower body - which also grounds you to the present moment and grounds you to connect back with your own body and not the outer world around you.
2. 3, 2, 1
Go outside and use this number sequence. Its simple, quick and so effective for grounding you back into the here and now.
Find 3 things in nature that you can touch. Spend time with each object or element and just enjoy the feel of nature around you.
Listen to 2 sounds around you.
If you can, listen to 1 sound close to you and 1 sound far away. Allow your mind to focus on both sounds and focus on the different distances they are to you.
Smell 1 smell near you.
Think about where it is coming from. Why it is there. How it makes you feel.
This technique is great to activate your senses, bring you into the present moment and also remind you of the endless nature that surrounds you each and every day. Which, so often, we just ignore and continue with our daily routines.
3. Landscape scan
Look up to where the trees meet the clouds or where the clouds are in the sky and follow each shape. Follow each little line, tiny leaf and enjoy the natural landscape that is there all the time and you just don't take time to notice.
Following the natural landscape also allows your mind time to unwind and relax, finding balance in the nature around you, rather than social media or external stimulation instead.
Nature is your biggest resource - allow it to fill you with goodness each and every day.