"By the end of the day, your hair should be messy, your feet dirty, and your eyes sparkling"
This quote has inspired the way that I live my day to day life, encouraging me to reconnect with my inner child that would spend whole days outside barefoot, coming home with endless memories of laughter and exploration. Little did I know back then was just how beneficial digging our toes in the soil could be.
I took a walk today, barefoot, of course. I noticed leaves were falling to the ground, it's nearly that time again when I'll have to resort to shoes. Thankful for the summer weather that allows me to return to earth so easily, I began to think about how much of an impact the grounding technique called earthing truly makes.
While I notice an immediate shift in my stress and anxiety the moment I step onto some grass, I decided to look into the science behind our connection to the earth and why it does make such a difference.
To get grounded by earthing, we need to come into contact with the earth. (Be it water, sand, soil, etc.) By doing so, we're allowing "daily electrical rhythms and free electrons to flow from earth to the body'. This begins to neutralize damaging free radicals, harmful EMF (from things such as cellphones, computers, etc) , and overtime reduces chronic or inflammatory diseases. Earthing can also be immensely helpful in improving balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, supports heart rate variability, as well as balances the autonomic nervous system which all can play a direct role in anxiety (amongst many other emotional disorders).
Benefits from earthing include:
Reduced symptoms of anxiety
Fast working (20-60minutes) relief from panic
Improving cortisol levels (aka stress hormones)
Easing chronic pain
+ much more!
While I can speak very highly of this phenomenal grounding technique, I encourage you to go put your feet in the mud and find out for yourself!
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