It’s a new year, yet it feels like we’re stuck on a never ending loop of 2020. If you need a change of pace or a boost to your spiritual energy (like many of us do), grounding, also known as earthing, might be the practice for you. In the spirit of Capricorn season and the sign’s connection to Earth, read on to learn all there is to know about this practice.
Grounding is really just what it sounds like; it’s a therapeutic way of electromagnetically connecting with the earth, typically through the souls of the feet. Some studies have suggested that it can even aid with various health concerns.
Grounding works similarly to antioxidants. The Earth naturally carries a negative charge (electrons), so when connecting with the ground, it can help to balance out our sometimes overly positive electrical charge (protons). Doing so wards off lingering free radicals, much like antioxidants do. By offsetting these particles, your anti-inflammatory responses are able to kick in, aiding with soothing muscle soreness or even wound healing.
This might sound a little far-fetched, but it’s been backed up by studies that evaluated how quickly wounds can heal when treated with this type of electric therapy. In these environments, patients were treated with round patches that emitted electronic frequencies like that of the Earth.
Have you ever spent some time in nature and been left feeling completely rejuvenated and relaxed? It’s probably because you grounded yourself without even knowing. With all the knowledge you’ve gained about grounding so far, it probably comes to no surprise that this practice can have a positive impact on your sleep and overall wellness too.
Grounding has been shown to increase the regularity of the circadian rhythm (your sleep cycle) while simultaneously decreasing your cortisol levels (a hormone closely tied to stress).
With upwards of 85% of modern human life spent indoors,how can grounding be made easy at home? Unfortunately due to urban living and modern footwear, it can be difficult to ground down in everyday life. That’s why it’s extremely important to take any opportunity to experience this practice when you get the chance. Here are a few ways you can do it on your own.
Connect with the Earth by walking barefoot on the ground. Try this on grass, sand, or dirt. Connecting to natural terrain is key here, so astroturf or concrete won’t provide the same effect.
If the idea of being barefoot just isn't for you, a leather bottom shoe like a moccasin can also allow the Earth’s frequency to penetrate, allowing you to connect.
A man made body of water won’t cut it here, but an ocean, river, waterfall, or lake is ideal. This method of grounding gets extra points for efficacy, as water is a great electrical conductor.
If you don’t live in an area where grounding the old fashioned way is readily available to you, there are a few products you can try. Electrical grounding bed sheets containing silver threads can connect you to the frequency of the earth all night long, and a desk mat can help balance you throughout the work day.