Get Grounded

AUTHOR:  Karen Mayfield
DATE:  05/21/2021

It might sound a little crazy, standing outside barefoot in the grass, sand, or even mud for 30 minutes a day. Or maybe even laying on the ground. You might be saying “but why?” 

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Well, what is it this thing you call grounding or earthing? You may have heard of the term grounding yourself, which is having a balance of your emotional, mental, energy and mental state and reconnecting them. Grounding/earthing does just that. It is a “therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that ‘ground’ or electrically reconnect you to the earth”. (https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding)

There haven’t been many studies done on grounding, but the research that has been done has shown great improvement amongst people with physical and emotional ailments. Benefits included healthier hearts, reduction in muscle pain and damage, as well as a decrease in stress, depression, and fatigue. But of course, more research needs to be done since most of the studies that have shown these benefits were from small sample sizes. For a more in-depth reading including a study done, visit the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Grounding techniques vary based on your comfort level. I keep it simple and try to get outside and walk in the grass barefoot everyday or every other day. Not sure if it’s the fresh air or the grass between my toes, but I have found myself slightly more relaxed and awake. Here are a couple of ways you can ground or earth yourself:

1.       Going outside for a half hour in your bare feet. Sit, stand, or walk on soil, grass, sand, or concrete.

2.       Invest in grounding products. Chairs, bed pads, mats, body bands, etc.

Lockett, E. (2019, August 30). Grounding: Exploring the Earthing Science and the Benefits Behind It. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding.

Chevalier, G. (2012). Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/.

Zucker, Chevalier, and Ober. (2019, Sept 7). Grounding the Human Body: The Healing Benefits of Earthing. Retrieved from: https://chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing.

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