9 Grounding Techniques to Reduce Anxiety, Tension and Inflammation

You’re walking barefoot on the beach. Feel the warmth of the sun contacting your skin. Listen to the rhythm of the crashing waves. Smell the ocean wind as it brushes through you.

Now, notice your feet. Do you feel a tingly sensation in your feet or legs as a warmth rises up your body? Perhaps you’ve noticed a similar feeling while walking barefoot on the grass.

In those moments, you are grounded. It’s one reason many people are drawn to the ocean. Being grounded can mean two things:

  1. Being fully present in your body and/or
  2. Feeling connected to the earth.

We’ve all experienced being grounded. We feel “at home”. But this is a fleeting experience.

Thankfully, there are grounding techniques to help us get and stay rooted in our bodies.

For entrepreneurs and creative professionals, the grounding techniques covered in this article provide a means to recharge your energy, clear your mind, strengthen your instincts, and therefore increase your performance.

But first, let’s look at what happens when you’re ungrounded.

12 Signs of Being Ungrounded

You are ungrounded if you:

  • Get distracted easily
  • Space out
  • Over-think or ruminate
  • Engage in personal drama
  • Experience anxiety and perpetual worrying

You are also ungrounded if you are:

  • Possessed by desire for material things
  • Easily deceived by yourself or others
  • Obsessed with your personal image

Physical signs of being ungrounded include inflammation, poor sleep, chronic pain, fatigue, and poor circulation.

Being ungrounded is a worldwide epidemic. This epidemic is so entrenched few of us even recognize the problem.

Being ungrounded is the root cause of many illnesses, poor decisions, and much of human suffering.

The Key to Grounding Techniques 

“Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear.”

– Hippocrates

The key to grounding is to get rooted in your physical body. Grounding is a similar concept to centering. But grounding is more fundamental.

grounding exercises

The Center is expansive, including your body as well as your mind, heart, and spirit. Once you learn how to ground yourself, it’s easier to find your Center.

Grounding techniques are designed to redistribute the energy from your head/mind into your body. Doing so has an almost instant calming effect.

Most of our stress and anxiety results from a disconnection from our bodies. The more rooted you are in your body, the less stress and anxiety you experience.

Powerful Grounding Exercises

Try one of the following grounding techniques right now to observe the effects.

Cover Your Crown

I don’t fully understand why this grounding exercise is so effective, but it almost always works. When you are ungrounded, place one hand over the crown your head. That’s it. If it helps, close your eyes to avoid distractions.

Time: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Feel Your Feet

I often use this technique with my clients because it’s so fast and effective. Sitting or standing, place all of your awareness on the bottom of your feet. Pay attention to any sensations.

Time: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Follow Your Breath

Close your eyes and as you inhale, trace the air as it enters your nose and goes into your lungs. On the exhale, follow the air leaving your lungs and exiting your nose or mouth. This grounding technique gets more effective with practice. The key is to observe the breath instead of forcing it with your mind. Let your body lead and your mind follow.

Time: 1 minute to 10 minutes.

Stand Like a Tree

Stand with your feet parallel and at least shoulder’s width apart. Keep your head floating above your body, chin tucked, and spine straight. Rest your hands at your side or place them over your navel. Sink all of your body’s weight and tension into your feet (without collapsing your posture), allowing it to be absorbed into the ground. To support this grounding process, imagine roots growing out the bottom of your feet, extending deep into the ground beneath you.

Time: 1 minute to 10 minutes.

See also: Zhan Zhuan: How to Cultivate Energy by Standing Still

Take a Cold Shower

This grounding technique has many health benefits. Cold exposure has shown to increase immunity, reduce fat, and elevate mood (by triggering dopamine). If you’re not accustomed to cold showers, at the end of your hot shower, make the water warm/cool for 30 seconds. Over the course of the next three weeks, make the water slightly cooler and stay under it for longer. By the end of the three weeks, your body will get used to the cold temperature. It’s an invigorating and grounding experience. I recommend it unless you have high blood pressure.

Time: 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

Mindful Walking

Simply walk and stay present with your environment. My favorite way of earthing is to walk barefoot on my property and the surrounding woods. Depending on how active my mind is, it takes only a few minutes before I am more mentally calm and centered. Walking barefoot has the added benefit of massaging acupuncture points in your feet like in reflexology.

A point of particular interest is the Kidney-1 (K-1) point or “bubbling well” in the center of your foot. Walking barefoot helps stimulate this point. Be sure to use your whole foot when you walk: heel, ball, toes.

Time: 10 to 20 minutes.

Roll Around Like a Cat

Have you ever noticed how cats and some dogs roll around on the Earth? I’ve often wondered if they instinctually know how to discharge negative energy. Try getting dirty and rolling around on the Earth. You’ll understand why cats do it. It feels good.

Time: However long you want.

Earthing Visualization

Feel the ground beneath you and center yourself. Now, focus on your heart. Become present with the energy of life emanating from your heart. Now, imagine the center of the Earth. It could be a magma core, a circle of light, or whatever comes to mind. Next, visualize a curved beam of light or energy going from your heart down into the Earth’s core. A complementary curved energy beam extends from the core to your heart (completing a pointed oval). Feel the connection between your heart and the Earth’s core.

Time: 2 to 5 minutes.

Earthing Barefoot

Grounding exercises to connect you to the Earth are straightforward: just take off your shoes and socks and get outside. Stand on the Earth: grass, stone, sand, or dirt work best. You can stand in one place, walk, or lay down.

Time: 5 to 20 minutes.

Wear Earthing Shoes

You’ll get tremendous benefits from earthing barefoot for 20 minutes once or twice a day. But you may need or want more. Try spending the day in a pair of earthing shoes. They use a conductor like copper to keep your feet connected to the Earth through the rubber sole.

Time: All day!

Maximize Your Grounding Exercises

If you consciously ground yourself in your body and then root yourself to the Earth, you can augment the effects of grounding techniques. The more time you spend in front of a computer or connected to your smartphone, the more time you’ll benefit from grounding techniques and earthing exercises.

Some people believe there isn’t valid evidence to prove that electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiation waves from electronic devices like mobile phone are harmful. However, the evidence continues to mount.

Ultimately, you need only get more rooted in your body to end the debate. The effects of both EMF and/or radiation from these devices become noticeable in your energetic body.

It’s not a question of whether these electromagnetic and radiation waves are affecting you; it’s to what degree you’re able to feel them.

Grounding techniques provide powerful methods for increasing your awareness of your body. It offers a diverse range of health benefits. Earthing is a grounding exercise that reforges your connection to the Earth.

Regardless, grounding yourself in your body and daily earthing may be an important lifestyle choice for those interested in a long, vibrant life.