Do you know how to ground yourself when you are somewhere in the nature? Is it something you actively do? Or have you never consciously tried that before? I will share some of my favorite grounding techniques that I like to use in the Finnish nature. And yes, it does get pretty chilly in here, so my tips will work also in winter.
Urban and hectic lifestyle that many of us are engaged with might cause us drifting further away from the nature. Anxiety and stress can be present in our daily lives. Being grounded means that you are connected to the Earth and fully present. Have you ever exercised out in the nature but thought about work or other worries that you have had? I’m sure you have. That is why it is useful to take a moment to ground yourself especially in the middle of the nature. Your mind needs exercise too, not just your body.
Please note that these grounding techniques are only my experiences of mental grounding and connectedness to nature, and this is not any scientific approach to earthing.
Northern Lights ground you better than anything
Watching the Northern Lights dance in the sky is by far the most grounding thing you can experience. You literally feel that you are a tiny human being standing on a globe, which is part of the universe. You feel tiny, but you are part of something huge. It’s humbling and grounding.
5-4-3-2-1 grounding method
Unfortunately, you don’t get to enjoy the northern lights every day in Finland, so you should know some other ways to ground yourself. The 5-4-3-2-1 grounding method is probably the most famous technique I know. There are different variations of it, but the main idea is to utilize all of your senses to ground yourself. For example, start with noticing 5 things you see, then 4 things you hear, then 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell, and finally 1 thing you can taste. Take your time when doing this exercise.
Other easy ways to ground yourself
Grounding means reconnecting to the Earth. It is usually achieved simply by going outside and standing on the ground with bare feet. In Finland you wouldn’t walk barefoot all year round, so not all grounding methods are suitable for the Finnish nature 365 days a year. But here are few that resonate well with our natural environment especially in winter:
- Make a snow angel
- Allow snowflakes land on your face when it’s snowing
- Touch the water in a lake or stream and notice how it feels
- Touch something cold like ice or snow, and then warm your hands again
- Wear wool socks
- Go to sauna and ice swimming
- Whip yourself with a bunch of silver birch leaves in the sauna
- Go to traditional Finnish smoke sauna
- Light a fire and sit in front of it feeling its warmth
- Get physical exercise by walking on a nature trail
- Hug a tree and notice how it smells
- Drink hot chocolate and feel how it warms you inside
- Observe wildlife such as birds
- Observe animal tracks on the snow
What is your favorite method for grounding yourself? Comment below!
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