If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, you’re not alone. The world feels like it’s going a little bit sideways and that can make the most sensitive and empathic amongst us feel wobbly in our place amidst the universe. Grounding ourselves during the summer is an excellent way to stay balanced and connected to the here and now, which can escape us as we try and jam pack everything we possibly can into the warm summer months. Here are some of my favorite ways to feel and stay ground despite everything that is going on around us.
Spend Time in Nature: Take advantage of the warm weather and longer days by spending time outdoors. Go for a hike, visit the beach, or simply take a walk in a nearby park. Connecting with nature can help you feel grounded and connected to the Earth. Make sure you’re protected with a reliable and eco-safe layer of SPF! This is my favorite: Salt & Stone SPF
Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Set aside a few minutes each day to sit quietly, focus on your breath, and observe your thoughts without judgment. Mindfulness can help you stay present and reduce stress and anxiety. Have a hard time sitting still? Pair your mindfulness practice with a tea ritual to help you pause. This is a perfect tea blend to help you: Tease Wellness Self-Care Elixir
Connect with Water: Water has a calming and grounding effect on our minds and bodies. Take a dip in a pool, swim in a lake, or enjoy a soothing bath. You can also listen to the sound of flowing water, such as a nearby river or a fountain, to help you feel down to earth. This scrub is perfect for bath time: Sparitual Slow Beauty Body Polish
Embrace Barefoot Walking: Kick off your shoes and feel the earth beneath your feet. Walking barefoot, also known as earthing or grounding, allows you to connect directly with the earth's energy. Take a walk on grass, sand, or soil to experience the benefits of the ion-exchange happening beneath your feet. Scared to show your feet in public, this foot exfoliating serum will help you keep your feet soft and supple: Sparitual Slow Beauty Callus Remover
Engage in Yoga or Tai Chi: Both yoga and Tai Chi are practices that promote grounding and balance. They combine movement, breathwork, and mindfulness, helping you cultivate a sense of stability and connection within your body and mind. Sometimes these practices can be a little nerve-wracking, have a dose of Take The Edge Off Before your class to loosen up body and mind: Apothekary Take The Edge Off
Unplug from Technology: Take breaks from screens and digital devices. Spend time without constant notifications and distractions. Disconnecting from technology allows you to be more present and connected to your surroundings. My favorite analog ritual? Journaling. This is one of my favorite journals to keep myself front and center: The Lamare Do It: Weekly Journal
Using even one of these techniques can make an impact in your daily life, using more than one can amplify the impact. Invest the time and effort into yourself and you will feel more and more grounded with each passing week.