Five Ways to get Grounded
We all have moments of feeling completely overwhelmed, lost, over worked and exhausted. That seems to be normal life! Especially if you live in a bustling city like London. My daily practices have helped me so much on days where everything seems to get the better of me, even the tiniest of things can drive me totally bonkers.
Here are my 5 tips on how to get grounded:
Take a moment to close your eyes and simply focus on your breath. Your breath fully brings you back to yourself and into the present moment. You can’t breathe for yesterday, you can’t breathe for tomorrow, you can only breathe for right now.
Your breath can change the state of your nervous system pretty quickly. So you can switch from your sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight mode) to your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest mode).
A really wonderful and super simple way to do this is the 4:6 breath. This means breathing in for a count of 4 and our for 6. If this feels too long then start by breathing in for a count of 3 and our for 4.
Even if you feel like your mind is all over the place just keep coming back to your breath.
Visualisation can be super powerful. When everything gets the better of us we need a way to step out of the crazy thinking mind and pull us back to our centre. Visualisation can do this:
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself walking along a beach. The sun is shining but it’s not too hot. There’s a cool breeze that you can feel against your skin. The sound of the waves is mesmerising. The water is a clear blue dappled with green. The sand underneath your feet is soft and delicious. You stroll along the beach taking it all in. What can you smell? What else can you see? Can you hear the birds? Maybe the sound of children playing in the sand? Can you taste the salt in the air? Take in this beautifully, peaceful and serene place.
Do something that nourishes you.
Whether that’s something simple like the ritual of making a cup of tea. A long walk with a friend. Scheduling in time to watch Killing Eve or your favourite Netflix series. Making time for your hobby - mine is playing the guitar. I used to play when I was at school and then just totally forgot about it as life took over. Now I have picked this hobby back up and I can’t begin to explain how happy this makes me. Whatever makes you feel happy, feel creative, feel inspired, feel relaxed….make time for it.
Legs up a wall / sofa.
This is one of my absolute favourite poses. It’s so simple - lie close to a wall or a sofa on your back and raise your legs onto the sofa or up the wall. Close your eyes and focus on the breath for 5 minutes. This is a pose that is fully grounding but also energising at the same time. It gives the heart a bit of a break and brings blood and therefore oxygen to the brain.
Say no to things.
One of the things that has helped me in the past when I am feeling overwhelmed is to not say yes to everything. I am a people pleaser and have had to learn to say no to things and to prioritise myself. So if someone asks if you are busy don’t ever be afraid to say yes when your plans consist of cooking yourself a meal, reading a book and an early night.
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