How are the first few days of the new year going for you? While some look forward to the new year, others can find it overwhelming. For our third day of our challenge, we’re going to focus on getting grounded and reducing stress.
Grounding exercises are an ancient practice that have been used in many cultures for thousands of years. They can be incredibly effective for people who experience high levels of stress in their daily lives.
These exercises involve bringing your attention to the present moment, away from worries or distractions. When we practice grounding exercises regularly they can help to lower our stress levels and give us more energy and clarity overall. They also have the benefit of helping us become more mindful and aware of ourselves, which can lead to improved self-esteem and better decision-making. It's no wonder why so many cultures have been using these techniques for centuries!
If you'd like to give grounding exercises a try, there are a few simple steps that you can take:
1. Find a comfortable spot where you won't be disturbed, such as a quiet corner in your home or a peaceful place outdoors. Make sure that all distractions are switched off (phone notifications, music etc). Close your eyes if that helps you concentrate better.
2. Take some deep breaths until your body starts to relax – inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth several times until you feel calmer and more centred within yourself.
3. Focus on sensations in your body – notice each part of your body separately; how does it feel? Pay special attention to any areas where you experience tension; take deep breaths and focus on relaxing, until they loosen up ever so slightly.
4. Focus on sounds around you – pay attention to even the most subtle noises like traffic outside or birdsong in the distance; notice how they blend together into one calming soundscape.
5. Open up all your senses – bring yourself back into the present moment by noticing other sensations such as smells (incense, freshly cut grass) or textures (the fabric of clothes against your skin).
6 . When you’re ready, open your eyes slowly – take some moments before getting up; just observe what’s going on around you without actually thinking about anything at all.
By taking just a few minutes daily for this type of exercise, it will become easier to stay grounded, especially in stressful situations. This will allow us to enjoy life more fully and seize opportunities as they come our way!