It might feel like the world is in complete chaos right now–and, to an extent, it’s true. We are living through unprecedented times, and feeling stressed out about it is a normal response.
However, constant stress takes a toll on us. One way to help relieve that stress is by grounding yourself. No, I don’t mean sending yourself to your room–although, honestly, a nap might help! These grounding exercises can help you feel more calm and centered.
Certain Zodiac signs have an advantage to feeling grounded. The Earth signs–that’s Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo–are attuned to the earth and the natural world in a deeply intuitive way. However, don’t overlook the fixed signs of the zodiac–Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius–for their deep-rooted stability and resilience.
Whether you’re a naturally grounded person or someone who needs a little extra help to weather the storm (ahem, Gemini), these techniques can form the foundation of a self-care routine. Try out two or three this weekend and see how it impacts your mood!
There are many types of breathing exercises that offer different benefits. For feeling more grounded, try inhaling for a count of 4, holding for 4, exhaling for 4, and holding again for 4. This balanced breath pattern can help even out that spiky, negative energy.
Another technique is to inhale quickly and deeply, then let your breath out as slowly as possible. To boost the effectiveness of these exercises, it can help to get some fresh air.
Any kind of slow, mindful movement is going to help you feel more grounded. Yoga is the most obvious choice–and remember that you can always modify a pose to meet your abilities, including chair-based yoga. Stretching, tai chi, or isometrics (tightening, holding, and releasing muscles) are other good choices.
Another great idea is to go for a walk through nature. That’s a little tricky during the winter in some areas, but if you have relatively nice weather this weekend, bundle up and get out there. Leave your phone in your pocket and focus on the natural world around you.
Engaging your senses can help you feel more rooted in the present moment. We tend to be very sight-focused, fixing our attention on digital screens more often than not. One lovely way to engage all your senses is with a cup of hot tea.
The mug warms your hands, and the fragrant steam fills your nose. As you take a sip, close your eyes and focus on the sensations you experience.