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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Jin Shin Jyutsu self-soothing exercise for stress, anxiety and fatigue

Those of us who have (or had) adrenal or chronic fatigue, or have experienced a burnout, know it too well that even when we rest, our mind rarely does. When our thoughts are racing and the inner dialogue never seems to stop, the body is almost buzzing from the inside. There are many practices and meditations that help you quieten your mind down and ease the emotional arousal, but I’d like to share this particular exercise that works for me like magic.

The exercise I’m about to share was described in Peter A. Levine’s book “In an Unspoken Voice” by (which I mentioned in the previous post), and it is taken from a system of energy flows called Jin Shin Jyutsu. Continue reading “Jin Shin Jyutsu self-soothing exercise for stress, anxiety and fatigue”