The Benefits of Grounding

Hey city dwellers: have you ever noticed that sometimes getting out of the city just makes you feel better?

I am filled with a sense of gratitude and relief every time I get the chance to enjoy nature and breathe fresh air.

Sometimes, I even take my shoes off. Let my feet touch the ground, the dirt, the grass. I squeeze the earth beneath my toes and it feels amazing.

Those who practice this with purpose call it “grounding”.

Ever tried it?

Grounding, also called earthing, is when you touch your bare feet to the earth.

We all know connecting with nature is highly therapeutic, but it might encourage you to get outside if you know exactly why:

  • Grounding is thought to help your body get rid of unpaired positive ions, thereby ridding your body of free radicals.
  • Grounding, especially during sleep, may reduce stress and can thereby help with anxiety and depression.
  • Connecting with nature in this way can help to slow the heart rate and also improve mental clarity
  • Studies show that grounding supports the body in immune function and also assists in reducing inflammation
  • Grounding helps us connect once again with the Earths cycle, which¬†can repair our own disrupted biological rhythms.

 

How to do it:

Get out in nature, take off your socks and shoes. Touch your feet to the ground.

It can be an innate and deeply spiritual act of self-care. And it’s way easy.

For maximum benefits, I suggest leaving your phone/music behind to simply enjoy what the earth has to offer without any distractions.

Now you have a few reasons to give it a try, if you haven’t yet!

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15650465
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576907
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

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