Do you ever feel disconnected from your body? Do you ever feel like your thoughts are racing all the time and it's hard to switch off?
You are not alone!
For the last few months, I felt in a constant state of busyness, with little time to rest, but I also felt like I had not accomplished much either.
Once the restrictions had lifted, I started rushing into every little thing I did, like I had to catch up on months of " being asleep". The energy of everyone around me was high, so I felt like matching it and pushing myself to be excited and happy every minute.
I started feeling overwhelmed. So, at the beginning of August, I decided to slow down everything. I changed the theme of all my classes to grounding and... all became clearer.
Have you heard about grounding?
Grounding is a technique that helps your mind stay in the present moment by bringing awareness to your body, your breath or your environment. Grounding has so many benefits, from reducing stress or helping you in moments of panic, to increasing your energy levels and helping you become more productive.
I won't tell you that staying grounded or present is easy. Our minds are time travellers. They love to jump from the past into the future, often worrying about one or the other. But I can tell you that you can start a grounding practice anytime and anywhere with just a few simple exercises.
Here are some of my favourites:
Conscious breathing. Standing or sitting down, close your eyes, deeply inhale through your nose to bring air deep down into your stomach and exhale out through the mouth. Repeat a few times.
Body scanning. Imagine you have a flashlight that can scan your body and start the scan from your toes, moving slowly up toward ankles, knees, hips, belly, back, shoulders, arms, hands up to the crown of your head. Just observe how your bones, muscles and skin are feeling.
Balancing Yoga Poses- get into a Tree Pose (see image) and imagine roots growing outwards from under each foot and extending along the ground beneath them.
Walking barefoot. If you've read my previous post you know how much I love this.
I hope this will help you slow down a bit and take care of your mind. Give these exercises a go and let me know how you get on. I'm always happy to help and answer questions here or on Instagram, so if you're struggling with this, send me a text :)
Ps: I'm teaching a 2-hour grounding workshop in October, click below if you want to join.