Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “grounded” as: mentally and emotionally stable: admirably sensible, realistic, and unpretentious ex. remains grounded despite all the praise and attention.
As children we are often very grounded. As we get older this often fades. We tend to get caught up in the trials and tribulations of our everyday life. With all of our commitments and responsibilities, technology and mass media it’s easy to lose sight of what is important. Getting grounded simply means reconnecting with those parts of us we have neglected.
There are many benefits to getting grounded. Mind Body Green gives us this explanation of what it is to “be” grounded: “It means that you’re present in your body and connected with the earth, allowing you to feel centered and balanced no matter what’s going on around you.” Being connected in this way makes it easier to cope with stress and handle change. Getting grounded is a way to see the little, good, beautiful things even during the darkest of storms. It is a way to cut through the noise of everyday life and find moments of happiness you might otherwise miss.
There are millions of little things we can do to start getting grounded. In this multi-part series we are going to explore some of those so we can find the ones that work best for us. One thing you can do today is go outside (even if it’s on your way into work,) and breath it in. Just turn your face to the sun, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Even on the coldest day this quick practice can get you moving in a positive direction!
As adults we sometimes avoid doing certain things for fear of looking goofy or seeming odd. Take the face the sun example. I mentioned this to a friend and her response was, “what if someone sees me just standing there? They’ll think I’m a nut!” First, most people are so busy they wouldn’t even notice. Second, even if they do, who cares? Would the three-year-old you care? Probably not…know why? because the three-year-old you wasn’t worried about image or impressions. Letting go of the worry is part of the process.
We will explore more ways, big and small to help us with getting grounded soon!
Today! Getting grounded like riding a bike (also a fantastic way to get grounded!) I’m not talking about marathon bike racing, I’m talking about hopping on your bike with the other kids from your neighborhood and going exploring. It’s fun, there are very few “rules” and you can do it alone or with other people. It isn’t so much something you have to learn, it’s something you have to remember. Getting grounded can be a quick break in the action or an all day event so start today, nothing is stopping you!
If you are going through a difficult time or feeling overwhelmed, this may be the perfect time to start getting grounded. As a Mediator, I encourage all of my clients to give it a try. Mediation is a great technique for people to work through conflict and when they are in my office I can help them work through emotions and remember what is that’s most important to them. Sometimes when they are out of the safety and comfort of my office it is harder to find calm. Getting grounded is a way we get through times of change and difficulty. It is also a way to embrace new chapters of our lives with a happier heart.
Keep your eye out each week for more tips, tricks and ideas on getting and staying grounded. At The Guidance Office we do more than Mediate, we guide you through the changes and challenges in your life. Until then, give yourself a break…go outside and play!
Getting Grounded is just one of the skills we can share with you. For more information, please contact us at (860) 305-9400 or via email at [email protected]