Do you identify with being an introvert? Has anyone ever accused you of being overly sensitive? Or, do you become overwhelmed easier than most people and suffer from intense anxiety symptoms? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from having a daily grounding practice. Grounding is a coping skill that is designed to bring you back to the present moment when your mind and body are in a place of distress. Grounding is perfect for the highly sensitive person because it can help to shift your focus from your environment and back into your senses. In this post, I will be sharing my favorite grounding techniques that you can try out for yourself!
Simply drinking more water throughout the day can help ease symptoms of anxiety. Water is used in many medicinal practices due to its healing powers that include boosting circulation, flushing out toxins within your body, and improving your mood. In addition to drinking water, you can take a warm shower, listen to water meditation sounds, or wash your hands when you need to bring yourself back down to earth.
Appreciate Your Surroundings:
Many studies around the world have discovered immersing yourself in nature can boost your immune system, reduce stress, and help you focus. It is a perfect sign to go outside and get some fresh air when you are beginning to notice your desire to retreat under the covers to cope with your symptoms. If that seems too much for you at this time, then you can always try opening your window or keeping a plant in a commonly used area of your home to purify and recycle stagnant air.
Eat Healthy Meals:
Grounding foods are those that grow from the root of the earth. Some of them include leafy greens, nuts, potatoes, carrots, and ginger. Make sure that you are incorporating food that is high in magnesium and iron to remain balanced throughout your day. If you are a chronic junk food eater and eating healthy is completely foreign to you, I suggest start by adding a root vegetable to your dinner plate each night and then add on from there.
Clean Your Space:
Make sure that you have a space that you can retreat to that is all yours! Whether that space is a room, a chair, or your yoga mat- try and designate some time throughout each day to spend there. You can take a nap, read, journal, or just sit quietly to recenter yourself from your external world.
Stay Away From Toxic People:
While relationships are one of the key factors of maintaining your well-being, it is important to limit your time with specific individuals who drain your energy. I know this one can be difficult, especially if you struggle with being assertive in communication. However, learning when to remove yourself from the room or saying no to an over demanding boss is important for highly sensitive people. If you’d like to learn more about how to set clear boundaries, you can read this article on how to maintain self respect.
I am sure you have heard about the power of meditation and its benefits numerous times. So what are you waiting for?! There are many different ways to meditate that include walking meditation, body scan/progressive relaxation, and breath awareness. I suggest trying out different forms of meditation to see what works best for you!
Those are my 6 favorite ways to ‘ground’ every day to remain calm and present for the highly sensitive person. Please share some of your favorite ways in the comments! If you are interested in learning more about how to remain in the present moment, you can check out this post on more mindfulness tips!
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