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Earthing, also known as grounding, allows people to directly connect their bodies with the Earth and use its natural electric charges to stabilize them.  This practice involves walking barefoot outdoors or using indoor grounding systems while sleeping or sitting.  Earthing research suggests reduced pain, stress, and inflammation and an improvement of overall mental well-being.  This technique restores the connection between the body and the electrical currents of the earth.

Types of Earthing

Earthing techniques focus on reconnecting your energy with the earth through direct or indirect contact. These methods include:

  • Walking outside barefoot
  • Laying on the ground
  • Going swimming or taking a bath
  • Gardening
  • Using grounding mats, blankets, patches, and socks

How to Practice Earthing

There are many ways to reconnect with the earth in your daily life and hopefully restore your body’s natural defense system.  Here are ways you can practice earthing:

  • Take a walk: Find ways to connect your bare feet with the ground by walking on grass, across the sand or the mud. Pay attention to the feeling of the land beneath your feet, and be mindful of sharp objects as you go.
  • Play in the earth: Dig into the earth and get the soil between your fingers. You can create a garden in your yard or windowsill—if you’re in an apartment—and directly link to the energy in the dirt.
  • Ground yourself indoors: When going outside is not an option, grounding mats come in handy by replacing the direct connection you’d get being barefoot outside. Grounding mats bring Earth’s electrical currents into the home or office by replicating the physical connectivity of a nature walk.

For more information about Earthing techniques and how they can help you manage your anxiety please contact Jola (HUB Wellbeing Coordinator) jola@armedforceshub.org or come along to one of our Mindfulness sessions to learn some new techniques.  You can also book a 1:1 session with Jola to look at some holistic methods tailored specifically for you and your unique life.

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