When was the last time you felt like you were being pulled in 20 different directions? Or do you ever just feel like an air head with your head up in the clouds? Or do you simply just have too much going on at once?
On top of whatever you may be going through, it is also Springtime. Activities are picking up, we’re spending more time outside, and you might even have some travel plans lined up. Even though Spring is a time of growth and blossoming, because of the extra buzz of energy, it often leaves me feeling ungrounded. The expansion might happen too quickly or across every area of my life. I’m thankful for the growth, but sometimes it’s just too much to take in and I need to find ways to reground myself.
That’s where this simple routine comes in. In general, routines themselves are grounding, and it’s even more potent when we intentionally add grounding elements. I love this routine too because you can repeat it as many or as few times as you like and it can still be effective. Maybe you decide to go through it all in one afternoon when you need some extra grounding (a perfect Earth Day activity!), or you can add pieces of it into your daily life. It’s versatile. Plus we all react to things differently so I’m always encouraging of making something your own. Try it out and see how you feel.
Now let’s do it!
First up, get your body moving.
Before sinking your roots in deeply, move your body to get energy flowing. If we don’t, any blockages you have will just solidify further as we ground. So first, move in a way that you enjoy. Turn on some music and dance. Go for a run. Do jumping jacks and burpees. Walk up and down stairs. Or my personal favorite, practice a few rounds of Sun Salutations. Build some heat in your body and get your blood pumping.
Complete your workout with grounding
Cool down with a few yoga standing poses. Start with Tadasana, Mountain Pose to slow your breath back down. Root down through your legs, tone your core, and rise through your spine, up the back of your skull. If you have a yoga block, emphasize the grounding action by gently squeezing it between your upper inner thighs.
Move into Vrksasana, Tree pose. Stand on your right leg, bend your left knee, and turn your left leg out. Keep your left foot on the floor, or place it on your right calf or on your inner thigh, above the knee. Bring your palms to touch at heart center, take your arms wide, or reach your arms up overhead. Hold for 10-15 breaths before switching sides.
Return to Tadasana, and from your hips fold down to Uttanasana, forward fold. Bend your knees as needed to reach your fingertips to the floor. Relax your head down. Hold for 10 breaths. To stand, soften your knees, bring your hands to your hips. Push through your feet and with a long spine stand up. Return to Tadasana, Mountain Pose and take 5 more breaths.
Take it outside.
Now that you have moved your energy and begun to connect with your roots, take it outside. This can be so, so simple. You can stand or walk around your front yard barefoot. (Remember when we first heard about earthing?) You can sit on the ground and soak up the sun. Bring your journal with you and write a few sentences or grab a book and read a chapter in the fresh air. If you’re being extra leisurely, consider laying out a blanket and having a little picnic. No matter what you do, don’t forget your sunscreen though! Take in that Vitamin D, but don’t overexpose your skin either.
Next, get in a few minutes of meditation. This is also something you can do outside. If you want to amp up the grounding, place your palms down on your thighs and/or sit in a chair with your feet making contact with the floor. Meditate for any length of time you desire. I would aim for a minimum of 5 – 10 minutes.
Eat your fruits and vegetables.
You are probably doing this every day anyways, but eat foods that have come from the Earth. It doesn’t get more grounding than that! Try eating some seasonal choices. For Spring, that includes asparagus, beets, carrots, all kinds of herbs, strawberries, rhubarb, and more.
Drink some herbal tea or golden milk.
Finish off with a nice warming beverage. Sticking with the earth theme, herbal teas are excellent. One of my current favorites is a hibiscus pineapple lychee tea I found at Whole Foods. You can also make some golden milk using amazing spices like tumeric and ginger. Don’t forget a dash of black pepper for better absorption! I have tried this recipe from Wellness Mama but there are a ton of pre-made golden milk mixes out there, like Live 24k, that make it super easy to whip up a cup.
And that’s it! While I’ll be doing this many times over this Spring, this routine is perfect any time of year. And again, it would be magical to take an afternoon off and go through this whole routine, or just pick and choose as you like. Don’t stress yourself out over it. That will only make you feel more ungrounded. Enjoy the experience and give your body and mind what it needs without turning your life upside down.