When we’re stressed out and dealing with unknowns, listening to our bodies is often the last thing we’re doing. This detachment from our bodies means it’s easy for our emotions and stress to spiral and leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Grounding is an exercise that can quickly help bring us to the moment we’re in and stop these thought processes which can become overpowering.
When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I stop. I sit or lie down (or just stop where I’m standing if this isn’t possible!) and take a moment to take one large breath. As I breathe, I imagine a flush of air scanning my body and noticing all of the physical feelings I can sense at that moment. The act of acknowledging these sensations helps us to break the spiralling thought pattern that we can experience when we’re stressed or dealing with unknowns.
Once I’ve broken the wave of emotions, I acknowledge them. I picture myself jotting down my emotions on a board in front of me. Imagining myself writing these words down allows me to acknowledge my feelings without the emotional journey I have been pulling myself through. It gives me time to think: Are these emotions serving me?
I then imagine myself erasing each of these emotions out on the whiteboard in my mind and imagine an enhanced feeling of calm and clarity with each one. I breathe in light and feel the weight of my body holding me to the ground, enjoying feeling the weight through my feet, sit bones or back.
Right now, we’re all experiencing a wave of emotions and it’s important to acknowledge our feelings. Being present and facing the things that are in front of us rather than the unknowns can help us to find positivity and calm.
I hope these grounding tips help. Sending lots of love and light to you all.