Earthing, also known as grounding, explores the physical connection that happens between a human and the earth from direct contact, such as being barefoot. The belief behind earthing is that modern use of shoes, beds, and other items that prevent us from making regular contact with the ground. This inability to connect with the ground limits us from the physiological benefits of conductive contact with the earth’s surface. As a result, health issues such as inflammation, sleep disturbances, pain, and fatigue may be more prevalent.
Some believe earthing offers even larger benefits, such as those to cardiovascular health and heart function. While the simple notion of disconnecting from technology, being outdoors, and practicing mindfulness could contribute to overall health benefits regardless of earthing, some studies do show improvements in mood, immune health, inflammation and stress from grounding.
Interested in the practice of earthing but unsure how to get started? Try these quick tips:
- Get outdoors
- Remove shoes and make contact with the grass, dirt, or sand
- Stand, sit or lie on the earth
- Connect at two places such as both feet or a foot and hand
- Add in visualization or walking with synchronized breathing if desired
- Try for at least 10 min 1x/day with a goal of 45 min- 1 hr
Obviously earthing may be contingent on your environment and weather, as well as your schedule. As with any coping skill, some times it may not be the right tool to pull from your toolbox. It’s also important to remember that utilizing relaxation techniques doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing sort of thing. Start small, and try to incorporate reconnection with the earth as you can. Walk barefoot to get the mail. Lay down outside with your kids and look at the clouds. Feel the dirt in between your fingers. Get outdoors and reconnect.