Grounding in Nature
Nature can inspire us in so many ways but did you know it can also have a huge impact on our wellbeing?
There is a LOT going on in the world right now and it can be very easy for us to get overwhelmed and stuck in our heads. As we welcome in a new season, let the natural world boost your wellbeing.
You might have come across the term ‘grounding’, sometimes referred to as ‘earthing’ when it comes to electrical goods, but we are also electrical beings and this need also applies to us, particularly in times of change or uncertainty. Grounding for us, is the process of calming our minds and bodies by reconnecting with the earth. When we are grounded we feel calm, stable, strong, rooted. Being grounded can help us sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety and make us more focussed and productive. There are lots of ways we can ground ourselves but the most powerful can be found in the great outdoors.
According to research from the Mental Health Foundation, "people who are more connected with nature are usually happier in life and more likely to report feeling their lives are worthwhile. Nature can generate a multitude of positive emotions, such as calmness, joy, creativity and can facilitate concentration.
5 ways to ground yourself in nature.
Place your bare feet or hands on grass, earth or sand, literally connecting yourself to the ground.
Spend some time by (or in!) your favourite body of water.
Take a mindful walk outside, without your earphones or phone, and really notice your surroundings.
Breathe fresh air deeply, using mantra. “I am grounded”, “I am calm”, “I am stable”
Get some natural light every day. The specific colours we witness at daybreak are thought to be particularly beneficial to our wellbeing.
A mindful practice to try. Take a moment in your favourite spot to notice:
5 things you can see. 4 things you can hear. 3 things you can touch. 2 things you can smell. 1 thing you can taste.
As with anything, learning to ground ourselves is a practice. Go slowly and gently and enjoy the result.
Sarah Catnach is a Director and Facilitator for Movement in Thyme, leading on Community Yoga and Wellbeing Coaching.