Wellness, balance, healing…..all popular buzz words that sound enticing and are easy get started with the latest craze, but how do we really achieve amidst the reality of our fast-paced world? Here we’ll bring you insight into how find wellbeing and peace for body, mind, and spirit.
Earthing has gained popularity recently because of its simplicity and low-price tag. Basically, earthing is the practice of standing outside, on the grass, rocks, or dirt… without shoes on. This can be tricky during cold snaps, but the benefits are so easy to enjoy, that you can jump out of your shoes and onto the grass for quick reboots even when it’s too cool to wear flip flops.
It is in our best interest and part of our biological make-up to be in communion with the outdoors.
The idea behind getting out of your shoes and onto the ground is rooted in your ancient animal nature. As mammals, we all have an inherent connection to the earth and all other living things. Think plants, bodies of water, and other mammals. From the oxygen-rich air of the forest to the mineral rich benefits of natural springs, we can find healthy balance when we immerse ourselves in natural environments.
Unfortunately, as a society we have been moving farther and farther away from nature and the organic matter that supports our body’s biochemistry. Instead of going barefoot like our human ancestors, we rely thick, synthetic soles so that our shoes can “protect” us from the ground we walk on. Furthermore, we close windows in our homes and cars and often rely on artificial sources of climate control. We all know the discomfort our bodies feel upon leaving air conditioning or a heated space to enter the harsh environments outside. It’s difficult to adjust to the sudden heat or cold because we have an expectation of sanitized comfort. In some ways we have villainized our planet’s basic components to the point that we use antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers, and filters for both our air and water. No wonder we’re afraid to get dirty; we’ve conditioned ourselves to avoid or repel dirt at every turn!
Earthing is an affront to these assumptions. It’s a radical, yet common sense way to take back your personal health and physical well being. Research has shown a connection between earthing mats (which are grounded through any electrical outlet) and a reduction in insomnia. Inflammation, the source of most diseases, can also be neutralized. Fans of earthing praise the practice for minimizing muscle pain and headaches. Energy boosts and reduced stress are also common outcomes. In the end, the positives of getting “down to earth” far outweigh the negatives that come with possibly getting your feet messy.
With spring just a few months away, now is the ideal time to do a little research yourself. See if some barefoot time, an earthing mat under your desk, or an grounding sheet on your bed might be a beneficial tool for achieving your health goals this year!
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