Grounding exercises for stress, anxiety and fatigue

When we talk about grounding, sometimes we mean different things. But regardless of the exact meaning, the benefits of grounding for chronic fatigue and other chronic issues have been recognised by many researchers and patients.

What do we mean when we say ‘grounding’?

According to one definition, grounding, also called ‘earthing’, refers to direct skin contact with the surface of the Earth, such as with bare feet or hands, or with various grounding systems, which helps to reduce oxidative stress levels (high both in people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia) and inflammation.

Walking barefoot on the ground is something you can do mostly when the weather is warm enough, and if you live in a big city, it may not be that easy to find a place where you can have direct contact with the ground. The health benefits of ‘earthing’, however, as noted by a number of researches, have been remarkable when it comes to treating chronic conditions. For more information, check The Earthing Movie – a fascinating documentary on grounding/ earthing and the science behind it.

Another definition suggests that “grounding is the act of connecting more deeply and completely to the body, strengthening the feeling of being inside the body and connected to the ground or earth. Many grounding exercises help deepen our connection to anything that is supporting the weight of the body. Other grounding exercises help deepen our connection to our 5 senses, using them to connect us with our body in general.” [1]

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Building energy with Qigong and its therapeutic benefits for adrenal and chronic fatigue

When we are well and healthy, we take many things for granted including our level of energy. It is not the case though when the fatigue is so extreme that you are aware of the slightest fluctuations in the energy level, or when the energy is so low that you can barely function.

But how does fatigue accumulate in the body to the extent that the body loses its natural ability to recover through rest and sleep? Here is an explanation from the point of view of Chinese medicine about the way our body builds, stores and uses energy, and about the factors that lead and contribute to fatigue (a summary of the conversation with Asis Vendrell):

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Yoga Nidra for restful sleep for people with adrenal and chronic fatigue

When it comes to inability to rest while being wired and exhausted at the same time, there are few practices that can be as effective as Yoga Nidra. This form of meditation guides you into a state of complete relaxation – a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep, that can aid hugely for those of you with chronic and adrenal fatigue struggling with insomnia and disturbed sleeping pattern.

Cat Boal, a wonderful yoga teacher based in the South of Spain, who recorded this Yoga Nidra meditation specially for Back to the Body project, talks about her understanding of this practice and its benefits for people struggling with fatigue.

You can find the audio recording of Yoga Nidra at the end of this post.

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Mindfulness Techniques for burnout and fatigue

Mindfulness, as a practice of maintaining awareness of thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment and accepting whatever is being experienced without judgement, has gained an increased popularity in the past decades. It’s been used in many different fields and has also proven itself being effective when addressing issues such as burnout, exhaustion, depletion, and fatigue. According to ebmedicine.net, “burnout can be prevented, treated, and even reversed with mindfulness training.”

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