Being grounded means something different for each individual person. The average person who does not struggle with anxiety or depression may find that they are able to ground themselves quite naturally and easily. When taking a shower or driving a car, that person is able to be completely present and focussed on the activity at hand. They are mindful of their body at any given moment.
However, most of the population genuinely struggles with feeling grounded and present. For example, even a simple notification on your phone has the power to completely disrupt your train of thought. One minute you are taking a relaxing drive listening to your favorite music, but as soon as you hear the "ping" of an email notification, your mind takes you somewhere else. Instead of focusing on the incredible senses around you (taking deep breaths with the windows down, feeling the cool air against your cheek, hearing a happy melody, etc.) you are unwillingly thrown in to a state of anxiety and you can't help but ask yourself a hundred different questions. "I bet my boss is mad at me." Oh god maybe I forgot to pay a bill." "Is it the school informing me of a problem with my son?" We project catastrophes before they even occur. And before you know it, your heart is pounding, your body becomes tense, and the uncomfortable state of anxiety begins.
Luckily, there are a number of strategies to help relax yourself when feeling panicky and anxious, but wouldn't it be great to not let yourself get to that state? I am sharing my favorite tips that keep me focused and grounded all day long which prevents anxiety and worry from taking over my life.
Tips for Getting Grounded
Drink warm water with lemon or herbal tea before eating breakfast.
Go for a walk outside.
Eat warm food such as roasted vegetables, quinoa, homemade soup, and oatmeal.
Free up your schedule and do nothing (This is really hard for me but I’m working on it!)
Take a warm epsom salt bath.
Try a meditation or yoga class weekly.
Practice deep breathing throughout the day. (Put your feet on the ground and breathe in for 5, hold for 5 and exhale for 7)
Turn off notifications on your phone and set aside time daily to detox from technology.
Bonus! The next time you are performing an every day task such as showering or brushing your teeth, ask yourself if you are truly present in the moment. It may take time and practice but it can be eye opening to realize that our mind isn't always where we need it to be.