An important part of everyone’s life is to look after their health.
Now I know that statement in itself is no ground breaking news. We’ve all heard the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ talks. We’re all being more mindful of our diet, getting more exercise, cutting out the ciggies and cutting down the beer and vinos.
Here’s something though that I’ve come across that literally grounds me.
Now those of you who know me have heard me banging on about this for a while now and yep, I’ve even had my friends rid themselves of shoes and socks at backyard BBQs and parties to wiggle their toes in the grass and Earth with me.
It’s all a bit of fun, but in actual fact it’s more than that.
Our bodies are meant to come in contact with the Earth on a regular basis. There was a time when humans did this naturally. We sat and slept on the ground. We foraged for food and dug in the earth with our bare hands and primitive tools. We made everything by hand from the resources that were found naturally around us. We were constantly connected to the earth.
These days however, and especially those of us who work in offices in front of computers, constantly talking on mobile phones surrounded by electromagnetic fields and radiation, we rarely naturally connect with the earth.
We live in our comfy insulated homes wearing protective rubber soled shoes. We sit in chairs and sleep in beds made of synthetic materials. We drive around in cars from one artificially controlled environment to another.
Now there is a whole lot of research and technical info about Earthing that talks about electrons, protons and ions and the actual physiological effects all this has on your body but personally that’s a bit in depth for me and I’m certainly not going to try to explain it beyond this. Basically your body builds up a lot of positive energy charge and the Earth has a negative energy charge. Connecting with the Earth allows us to neutralize which our bodies just love.
What I do know from my own personal experience is how I feel when I Earth.
Have you ever noticed how much better you sleep when you spend a day or even more at the beach? Sand and water are super conductive and the beach is one of the best places you can Earth.
According to some of the latest research, Earthing has many beneficial effects on your body including but not limited to:
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Improves sleep and energy levels
- Lowers stress and promotes calmness
- Improves blood pressure and blood flow
- Relieves muscle tension and headache
- Shortens recovery time from injury and illness
For me personally, the beach is one of my favourite places to Earth. I aim to get to the beach at least once a week and have a good walk in the sand, sans shoes, right along the water’s edge. I always feel so much calmer after a good walk along the beach and any nervous energy is transformed into happy positive vibes. My favourite time is either first thing in the morning, straight out of bed or later in the evening to catch the sunset.
My other fav Earthing ritual is straight after a run on the treadmill, I whip off the shoes and socks and hop on out to my backyard and walk around on the grass while I cool down and stretch. Often this is at night so the grass is nice and cool and sometimes even slightly damp which is perfect for Earthing. The added benefit with doing this at night is you can look up to the skies above and gaze at the moon and stars. If that doesn’t chill you out and put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.
There are many natural ways you can include Earthing in your life and you may even be doing them without realising.
Here are a few ideas that can get you Earthing and improve your overall well being.
Do you like gardening? Even the smallest of backyards can fit a few plants, veggies or herbs. Dig in and get a little dirt under your fingernails!
How about swimming? You don’t have to be an Olympic champion, just get in there and submerge yourself. The beach is the best place you can do this, the salt water is amazing for all kinds of things that ail ya.
Why don’t you really get out in nature and go camping or hiking? Get amongst it. Hug some trees and run your hands over some rocks. Sit or even lie on the ground and soak up all the beauty and fresh air around you.
Go fishing, surfing or pack a picnic and head for the park. Walk the dog, play ball games, throw a Frisbee.
Whatever you do, get out in nature and make sure that you consciously connect with the Earth while you’re there.
If for some reason it is not possible for you to get out as much as you’d like there are even products you can buy. You can purchase mats to place under your feet while sitting at your desk or sheets to place on your bed to ground you while you sleep. These types of products plug in to your wall socket and simulate the effect you would get from Earthing naturally.
Whether or not you believe in the science and theory of Earthing, you have to admit that all of these activities are good for you. So go on, unplug, switch off and go outside and get a healthy connection to the Earth!
I’d love to hear about your own experiences with Earthing and any tips you’d like to share. Please take the time to comment below and share your thoughts!