Get Yourself Grounded – A Little Bit of Why, Much More How

But why should you get grounded? Yeah, that’s a long answer. Let’s shortcut it a bit and I’ll say that grounding is all about helping yourself feel safe, secure, and rooted into the here and now. So it’s great when you’re feeling scattered or flighty or unsafe.

You can go through some complicated moves to get yourself grounded. You can do 20-minute guided meditations that walk you through a lush forest in the height of spring and get all kinds of grounded and that’s groovy. But if you’re grounding because you’re having an anxiety attack? Trust me when I tell you that you need something faster.

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So, here are some of my favorite quick ways to get grounded. Many of these you can do anywhere at any time.

1. Go Outside

Easy enough, this one. Go outside, if you can. Stand in the grass, put your hand on a tree, get barefoot. You don’t have to wait long for this to kick in. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let Nature do some work. If you have some extra time, while you’re standing amongst Nature with your eyes closed, try to visualize roots sprouting from your feet, deep into the earth. Literally root yourself. 

2. Hand Over Heart

This one is perfect when you can’t get outside and you really don’t have the wherewithal to visualize much of anything. Put your hand over your heart and take five slow, deep breaths. The deep breathing and the hand over your heart work together to ground and calm you right away.

3. Crystals, Rocks, Stones

I’m a crystal hound, so this is one of my absolute favorite ways to ground. If you’ve got crystals available, take advantage. Some of the best for grounding:

 Hematite
 Black tourmaline
 Smoky topaz
 Smoky quartz
 Obsidian
 Onyx
 Clear quartz

In a pinch and no crystals on you? Grab any old rock or stone. They’re all grounding, I promise. They’re of the earth and they’ll help you to root yourself.

4. Essential Oils

Love me some essential oils. If you’re new to them, you need to read up before just throwing them on your body. I’ve been using them for 20 years and I’m still learning. Always dilute, don’t diffuse them around cats (cats cannot process EOs), and really figure out what you’re doing first.

Oils I like for grounding:

 Cedarwood (both Atlas and Virginia)
 Frankincense
 Myrrh
 Palo Santo
 Patchouli
 Sandalwood
 Vetiver
 Spikenard
 Lavender 

5. Smudging

I love me some smudging. It clears the energy and puts me right in my happy place, every single time. My two favorites for smudging are sage and Palo Santo, but incense can work, too. Now, you can’t smudge everywhere, which is where Florida water can come in. It’s not water from Florida, even though it sounds like it.  It’s actually alcohol, usually vodka, with essential oils mixed in and then left to get to know each other for a bit. You can buy some, but if you’re into essential oils, you can make your own much cheaper. BONUS: Florida water doubles as a killer perfume. 

6. Reiki

I find Reiki incredibly grounding. It clears energies and leaves me feeling centered and solid. But not everybody has access to Reiki every time that they need it, so it’s not always a fast emergency grounding technique. If you’re finding it difficult to ground through other means, though, you might find that a few sessions of Reiki help you to clear the way and ground on your own much more readily. If you’re interested, we can set up a remote session.

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So those are *my* favorite ways to ground – got more you can suggest? Put them in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Get Yourself Grounded – A Little Bit of Why, Much More How

  1. Hi, Cricket. These are great quick grounding exercises. I use a coin. Crazy, huh? There’s a story behind it. To me, that coin reminds me to stay grounded literally. No more disappearing from family/life.
    Lavender is my fav.
    Didn’t know that about EO’s and cats.

    • Hi SaraBeth! A coin is an awesome idea – honestly, we can ground with anything, but having a ritual is sometimes what helps so much. I love that you use a coin!

      Lavender is one of my favorites, too…but then so are so many other EOs. 🙂 Yes – that bit about cats and EOs is something that not a lot of essential oil folks talk about. They’re great for dogs, but cats just really can’t process them and it can lead to liver problems or even liver failure. 🙁

  2. You have some much knowledge in this area. I love all of the techniques you mentioned. I haven’t tried the first one, but I am curious enough to try it tomorrow.

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