10 Ways To Get Grounded
Many people ask about how to get grounded or get into their body. They are also effective when you use them throughout the day to relieve stress. We use these in our Success By Design Workshops to help people get in touch with their internal decision making authority. My suggestion is to try each one until you find the ones you like.
- Rub feet on the floor – This is more effective when you do not have shoes on because the bottom of your feet are sensitive.
- Wiggle your toes/Stomp your feet – Having a focus on your feet brings your awareness into your body. Not only doing the action but think about what your toes feel like is effective.
- Stretch, roll your head around – Roll your head in a circle from left to right several times. Switch direction and circle your head from right to left several times.
- Deep controlled breathing – Breathe deeply. Take the same time for the intake of breath as you do for the exhale. Notice the feeling of air through your nostrils and filling your lungs.
- Go for a walk – Briskly walk using your arms in a swinging motion. Get your whole body engaged.
- Move your body/Dance – Engage every part of your body. Move for several minutes. If there is an opportunity to listen to music, it is much more effective. It is ok to sing along.
- Grab tightly onto your chair as hard as you can – Make your hands, forearms, shoulders and back tense and hold for 5 seconds. Release for 5 seconds. Repeat several times.
- Jump up and down – You could also do jumping jacks to get your blood pumping.
- Drop your knees – From a standing position stand up perfectly straight. Suddenly bend your knees slightly and feel yourself drop into your body.
- Clench and release your fists – Extend your fingers as far as they can stretch. Then clench your fists tightly. Repeat several times.
People find many of these techniques to be very useful. Most people pick one or two that they like and stick with those because different people gravitate to different techniques. My favorite is rubbing my feet on the floor. I do this whenever I find my mind wandering in directions that are not useful. It gets me back into the present immediately.
By Kathryn LaBarbera