Grounding (or earthing as some people call it) is a technique that helps you focus on the present moment. It brings you into the here and now, so you can notice the reality of what’s happening around you.
It can be incredibly helpful, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, experiencing anxiety or panic attacks.
So how do you ground yourself?
I find the easiest way is to tap into your senses – ask yourself what you can see, hear, feel, smell and taste right now.
You can focus on all your senses or just one or two of them. It’s completely up to you.
Personally I find it best to ground outside, or in nature – because there’s so much you can tap in to – but realistically, you can do it anywhere.
Grounding can also mean connecting your skin with the surface of the Earth.
Feel your feet on the ground – the sensation of the floor, carpet, grass, or sand beneath them. How does it feel? What textures can you detect? What sensations are there?
At the moment our gum (or eucalyptus) trees are in flower and the birds are going crazy!
So for me, an easy way to ground is to go outside and watch and listen to the birds.
Notice the different bird songs and the different types of birds – Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy Miners, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Pale-headed Rosellas… the list goes on and on.
What starts out as a five minute grounding can last 20 minutes – and it’s probably my favourite part of the day.