Staying in the present moment is an excellent way to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. When we are able to focus on the present, we are less likely to partake in the stress and anxiety induced behavior of worrying. The root chakra is the chakra associated with our ability to be grounded in the present moment. When this chakra is out of balance, we are more prone to develop anxiety and feelings of stress. Let’s take a look at a few ways to ground yourself:
Participating in yoga is an excellent way to ground yourself. Yoga encourages us to stay present and focus on breathing, posture, and sensations in the body. Yoga instills oneness through the harmony of the body, mind, and soul. Breathing in a yogic style is a wonderful way to calm anxiety by purely concentrating on the breath flowing in and out of your lungs.
2. Spend Time in Nature
Walk in nature and take it all in. Ask yourself what you feel, see, hear, and smell. When we focus on our present surroundings and sensations, we are completely present. This grounds us in the now. Anxieties over the past and worries about the future slip away, out of the stream of consciousness. Why not give earthing a try? Earthing is essentially the process of feeling the earth under your bare feet. Walking barefoot outdoors allows us to enjoy the grounding energy frequency of our planet. Walk in the grass, wade into a natural water source, and enjoy the feeling of sand under your feet.
Meditation allows the brain to enter a similar state of relaxation as sleep while focusing on the present moment. I’ve created a number of guided meditations to guide you into a relaxed state and ground you in the present moment. You can find them here: http://www.steveguarino.com/guided-meditations/
4. Crystals and Stones
Try keeping some grounding stones in your pocket, or around your home. It’s best to choose stones that resonate with the frequency of the root chakra. They will help to balance your root chakra, enabling you to feel more grounded. Some excellent choices are smoky quartz, bloodstone, hematite, red jasper, and black tourmaline.
Focusing on your breath is an excellent way to stay grounded and present. Take deep, slow breaths into your abdomen, be sure to exhale slowly as well, focusing on the feeling of the oxygen entering and leaving your body. Focusing on your breath is a wonderful way to reduce stress and anxiety.
6. Creative Visualization
What could possibly be more grounded than a deeply rooted tree? Close your eyes and relax your body. Slow your breathing and begin to visualize roots sprouting from your feet. Imagine the roots growing deep into the ground, through layers of soil, clay, and rock keeping you firmly in place. Visualize yourself as a tall, strong tree. Feel the heaviness in your feet and legs grounding you to the earth.
7. Get your Hands Dirty
Spend some time outside working in the garden. It’s easy to feel grounded and connected to the earth when you’re working in the soil. Gardening is a great way to stay present in nature; digging in the dirt and feeling the roots of plants. Working with clay is another way to ground yourself in the present. Get your hands into the clay and focus on sculpting or throwing pottery, feel the tension melt away.
Wear or diffuse earthy and grounding scents. Try ginger essential oil, as it does a wonderful job balancing the root chakra. Patchouli, black pepper, and sandalwood essential oils are a few more grounding scents that may be beneficial to try. Add a few drops of one of these oils to an oil diffuser in your home, wear a diluted version topically, or add a couple of drops to a piece of diffuser jewelry to keep the grounding scent with you all day.
Exercise is one of the best ways to help ground yourself. Try going for a run, and feel the heaviness of your feet as they make contact with the earth. Swim in a lake or natural body of water, allowing your attention to be drawn to your surroundings. Perform some stretches, and let your mind focus on the sensations in your body. Exercise can be grounding as long as it helps us to be present in the now.
Being grounded is essentially being aware of the present, and letting go of worries of the past or future. When we are present and grounded with a balanced root chakra, it is much easier to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Try one of these 9 ways to ground yourself and find yourself free of worry while you’re focused on living in the moment.
What practice/practices do you enjoy to help yourself to stay grounded?
About the Author:
Steve Guarino is a certified integrative life coach, self-help author of Make Peace with Panic Naturally, and teacher of guided meditation. He is passionate about helping others find peace and happiness in spite of the life challenges they may be experiencing. Now that he is free from panic attacks, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, writing, traveling, and many other things that he struggled to do previously. Read more about Steve and his work here.