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Wellbeing: What is Grounding?

By Aline Giordano, Doctoral College Manager

The changes in how we interact with others are affecting all of us to some degree. Face coverings, social distancing, anxiety around catching or giving the virus are factors that can impact us considerably. Feeling anxious in these times is natural. But, let us remember, our health is our biggest asset, and we must protect it. I’d like to focus on the concept of grounding, which can help us regain a sense of equilibrium, when we feel off-balance emotionally. We can practise grounding, at home or on-campus.
‘When we ground ourselves, we’re calming or slowing down our emotions and getting more in touch with our internal and external worlds.’
Here are seven different ways to help you become more grounded (for the full list, check out the Psychology Today article):

  1. Establish a connection with nature by touching the earth, or a tree.
  2. Drink herbal teas that are considered earthy, such as camomile, fennel, nettle infusions.
  3. Practice yoga or Qi-gong, or any other practice that couple movement and breathing.
  4. Practice regular meditation.
  5. Engage in regular physical activity.
  6. Allow time to self-reflect.
  7. Learn to say no.

Personally, I walk in nature (bare foot where possible) and practice mindful movements (from a Qi-gong tradition) every day. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit in public that I hug trees, but I do. There you go… the secret is out. The important message, here, is: find what works for you.
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