I remember spending a lot of time as a child being stuck in my room because I was grounded for some infraction. After exhausting myself with futile resistance and rebellion, I would resort to reading books, picking up my room, playing or dreaming of racing my horse across the plains as we chase the bad guys like we were in a movie.
It is now October 2020 and I want to resist and rebel against being grounded in my home and office. I have hit COVID/politics/life fatigue. For the last six months I have been reimagining how I live, but now, with no end in sight, everything seems harder. The noticeably shorter days and the descent into less suns does not help my fatigue.
To avoid being a complete raging banshee or staying in bed with the covers over my head, I must take time to ground myself. Not the kind of grounding that limits my freedom, but the kind that allows me to reconnect to myself spiritually, mentally and physically. When I take time to ground myself, I find that I am calmer and less reactive to the chaos around me.
1 – During the last six months I have found several routines and practices that help keep me grounded. I am offering the practices not as plan for someone to follow, but as example that may spark ideas.
2 – Daily morning prayer – I have a short practice that I can do in a few minutes or I do a longer practice or a yoga flow. Yoga is prayer. https://theyogacowgirl.com/2020/06/11/Get sweaty every morning – dancing, brisk walking, weight training, or HITT. The goal is to elevate my heartrate.
3 – Zack Bush 4 Minute Workout three times a day – before commuting, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Music like “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves or the Go-Go’s “Vacation” and some dance steps help make it fun.
4 – Time outdoors every day – Strolling with the dogs, walking breaks at work and walking with neighbors. Weekends are for paddle boarding, riding horses or hiking.
5 – Taking Pictures – Playing with photography apps and posting the images on Instagram.
6 – Journaling – No rules! Removing the rules removes pressure to journal a certain way or meet goals. Journals are personal. They can be creative (glue book or sketch book,) gratitude, what happened, dreams, inner exploration or whatever serves you. I have four journals.
7 – Feeding myself good food and content – Sugar, coffee and Twitter are all triggers that send me toward rage banshee, so I limit all three addictive stimulants.
8 – Having “partners in hope” – I have a family member and a close friend that each fill this role differently. I am in touch with each one of them every day through hone, text, Marco Polo or an occasional face-to-face. We support each other without judgement. We celebrate the good, listen as the others vents or talks out a problem and hold space for the other when life circumstances are challenging.
How do you stay grounded? Please leave a comment and share what you are doing during to care for yourself spiritually, physically and mentally.