Grounding, also known as earthing, is a way to connect your physical body to Earth’s natural electric charge. Though much research still needs to be done, scientists believe that free electrons are transferred to the body during this process, leading to benefits such as pain reduction, wound healing, inflammation reduction, and more. Here, we discuss how to ground yourself and what it can do for you.
How to Ground
You can ground yourself in many ways, including standing or walking barefoot or pressing your bare hands into dirt, grass, or sand. There are also specialized tools such as mats, sheets, patches, footwear, and more that connect to the Earth via a cord attached to a grounded wall outlet or a rod pressed into the soil. You can ground in your backyard or visit your favorite local trail or public beach.
Here are a few tips to go all natural:
- Walk around barefoot.
- Stand in humid dirt or sand with bare feet.
- Press your bare hands into the grass or soil.
- Sit on a chair or bench with your bare feet flat on the ground.
- Lay flat on the ground on your back with your legs or arms bare.
- Submerge yourself in a natural body of water.
- Garden with your bare hands.
Benefits of Grounding
Grounding has existed for thousands of years in ancient Chinese medicine, aboriginal cultures, and indigenous communities. In the 1800s, scientists in Germany began to research the practice. So far, experts have noted the following benefits:
- Improved mood
- Improved blood flow
- Improved immune system functions
- Reduced pain
- Improved sleep quality
- Boosted metabolic rate
- Reduced inflammation
- Disease prevention
- Reduced stress
- Improved wound healing
- Improved physical function and energy
Keep in Mind
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your grounding journey:
- Understand that grounding is not a quick fix. Perfecting the process requires patience and consistency.
- If you’re new to grounding, find a guide or earthing community to help you.
- Once you start perfecting the art, make it a goal to ground routinely. Starting your day with grounding is an excellent way to get into the habit.
- And the best advice we can offer you: Be observant and present as you perfect the art of grounding.