ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Stay Grounded - Simple Explanation and Tips

Updated on August 9, 2019
newbizmau profile image

I am a massage therapist with 15 years of experience. I am especially interested in crystals, energy healing, numerology, and wellness.

Photo: https://wearewildness.com/earthing/
Photo: https://wearewildness.com/earthing/ | Source

Why Is It so Important to Ground Yourself?

The simple explanation is that it reconnects us with the balance and harmonic energies of the Earth. Once connected we have clearer thinking without as much disturbance and can make more sound decisions. Our level of empathy and sensitivity to our surroundings and others increases which naturally allows ego like behaviors that are less desirable to dissipate.

Domestication is a word synonymous these days with proper, well-behaved, and civilized but some common side effects of domestication include anxiety, scatter-brain, nervousness, fear of outdoors, cabin-fever, agitation, and aggressive behavior. To be more grounded doesn't mean we have to give up domestication and become wildlings again. Creating a more holistic approach to living could be the cure or just remembering to get outside more and do things in nature, like gardening or playing sports outdoors especially if it means getting a little dirty.

We can also look to Merriam-Webster Dictionary for another simple definition for grounded.

grounded

adjective ground· ed | \ ˈgrau̇n-dəd \

Definition of grounded

: mentally and emotionally stable: admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious remains grounded despite all the praise and attention

Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay
Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

8 Signs You are Not Grounded

If you are not grounded, you are vulnerable to being the product of your environment. It is like being blown in the wind. You are affected by whatever the mood is around you. Being grounded is like being a giant oak tree versus one of its leaves blowing at the will of the wind.

Here are a few signs that you are not grounded:

  1. Overeating
  2. High anxiety
  3. Strong impulse to hoard
  4. Feeling unfocused or takes you a long time to finish a project
  5. Moodiness or standoffish
  6. Difficulty communicating
  7. Your level of empathy for others is weaker than usual
  8. Highly impatient

Image by skeeze from Pixabay
Image by skeeze from Pixabay
Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay
Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay

Where to Begin - 3 Easy Tips

If the idea of having to get grounded is new to you or it's been a long time since you have reconnected to nature then this list may be for you. For most their level of groundedness isn't severe and they do a pretty good job of maintaining the balance, however, I'm not sure if you can be too grounded. This list is great for those on the severe end of the spectrum and feel out of sorts but is great for everyone because being connected and also conscious is extremely important. Being conscious of our level of empathy towards others, our ability to focus, our own level of anxiety and breaking points are good things to understand about ourselves. Making it a point to do something with purpose is a good first step to taking back the reigns of your life and adding some balance and control. So while reading this list of 3 tips to getting grounded remember to do so with the intention of getting grounded. The more detail and effort you put in, the more you get out of it and hopefully lots more sanity and calmness you will experience in your life. On a side note, prayer isn't one of the mentioned tips but it is one I believe in fully. Prayer is but a focused meditation in my opinion. I believe the more focused and detailed you are in your daily prayer or meditation practices the better results you experience in your now focused life.

3 Tips to Get Grounded Again

  1. Nature - Being in nature is not only naturally curing to stress but brings your energetic body back to center, calming your central nervous system. The moist fresh air naturally increases your desire to breath deeper which is a very good thing to do if you want to be more centered and grounded. Breathing deep is naturally calming just like a good yawn. One good tip for bedtime is to walk outside barefoot in the grass 10 minutes before you are ready to sleep. Intentionally doing this on a regular basis will begin to tell your mind that it's time to calm down from the busy day and should increase restfulness while sleeping. You can think of it as a 10-minute meditation. Remember not all meditation has to be legs crossed on the floor or blanking your mind. Walking the dog can also be a form of meditation which usually takes place outside in nature.
  2. Food and Drinks - Indulging in your physical senses especially by eating and drinking reminds you instantly that you are flesh and are of the Earth and need the Earth to replenish. The Earth is the grounding source involved in providing sustenance and life. Try to skip the caffeine if you are wanting to calm and be more centered and go for more Earthy teas. You can find many teas that are advertised on their boxes as Root chakra blends or grounding tea blends. You can also try juicing focusing on fruits, veggies, and roots. Eating foods that are directly from the ground help to have a more grounded like energy and to stay on first base and simple with your eating habits.
  3. Meditation or Focused Feeling - This method for grounding can be done almost anywhere and can sometimes only take a moment to get yourself centered again. It is important to bring our awareness inward remembering we are physical and whole. Bring your awareness inside to a part of your body such as your hands. Breathe and draw the breath in your lungs and focus. Imagine the breath moving toward your hands. Next, try alternating the breathing to one hand or the other. You can experiment and use other parts of your body or all parts until you feel grounded into the present moment.

Tools and Activities For Grounding

Nature
Foods
Natural Oils
Crystals
Walk Barefoot
Earthy Teas especially Root Chakra Blends
Vertiver
Black Tourmaline
Fresh Air
Fruit and Vegetale Smoothies
Sandalwood
Nuummite
Hiking
Sweet Potatoes
Cedarwood
Obsidian
Outdoor Exercise
Turnips
Frankincense
Smokey Quartz
Outdoor Activities such as walking the dog or enjoying quiet time outside before bed
Beets
Myrrh
Agate
Natural places such as Forrest, waterfalls produce negative ions which are very good for our health and getting grounded
Carrots
Patchouli
Bloodstone
Nature Sounds
Onions
Black Spruce
Hematite
Burying Feet in Sand or Dirt
Garlic
Ylang Ylang
Jade
Gardening
 
Cinnamon
Jasper
 
 
Angelica Root
Onyx
 
 
Rosewood
Petrified Wood
 
 
Cypress
Ruby
 
 
Benzoin
Pyrite
 
 
Chamomile
Shungite
 
 
Sage
Tigers Eye
 
 
Juniper Berry
Zircon
 
 
Amyris
Picture Jasper
 
 
 
Mahogany Obsidian
 
 
 
Apache Tears
Table of Grounding Tools, Foods, Natural Oils, and Crystals

How to Stay Grounded

Now being grounded and present to the moment, try to stay aware of your thoughts. For a while remain conscious of every thought and pay special attention to thoughts of worry or ones that cause anxiety and bring yourself back to only present concerns that matter at the moment. The simplest thought that matters at this moment is breathing.

Now that you have the idea of thinking in the present begin using your present time wisely by thinking present thoughts that will benefit your emotional health. Think now in the present that it feels good to smile, to relax, to breath deep, to be happy. Do this actively not passively. Worrying is like praying for more of the same, while actively thinking it feels good to be relaxed and to smile does the opposite. You do want to be happy, don't you?

17 seconds, that is the time believed to attract energy in harmony with your thoughts. Think of that for a moment. In only 17 seconds is it possible to go from happy to angry. For most of us, it may not even take that long. By conjuring a thought and feeling that grounds you, the time it takes to bring your awareness back to your more grounded center becomes less and less.

How Grounded Are You on a Scale of 1 to 10? 1 being not at all and 10 being very well grounded.

See results
Image by Freephotos from Pixabay
Image by Freephotos from Pixabay | Source

Inspirational Poem Earthing by Melissa Amber

Earthing

Blessed are the feet
that feel
the solace,
healing
and underlying
meaning pulsing through
the forest floor.

Blessed are the feet
bare
and kissing
the moistened soil,
re*discovering
their
lover,
the ground cover,
home
once again.

Blessed are the feet,
fully alive,
fully awake,
fully aware,
rewilding
their
soles.

Blessed are the feet
rooting deep,
breathing with Mother Earth,
beckoning her acceptance,
her connection
once again.

Blessed are the feet
celebrating being felt,
rejoicing in
union,
re*birthing their spirit.

Blessed are the feet
returning home,
walking their truth,
dancing their purpose,
their sacred path
once again.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Maurice Glaude

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)