As you might have noticed, I’ve been doing a lot of travelling recently. I’ve been moving around so much that I haven’t stayed in one place for more than 10 days in the past few of months. I had a particularly big bout of self-doubt and hectic energy when I first arrived in Sydney alone. Since then it has been essential that I find a way to stay grounded and allow my energy to settle quickly rather than feeling all 'up in the air', especially when there is a lot of uncertainty circulating. Today I'm sharing some of the ways I've been 'keeping my feet on the ground'.
Tips for staying grounded whilst on the move:
1. Get amongst nature
As a totally nature nerd I’m probably a little biased but, nonetheless, nature can be one of the most healing and grounding environments. Whether I’m walking through the trees, basking starfish-style on the grass, facing the wind, dipping my toes in the ocean or ‘earthing’ nature is one of my first ports of call when I’m feeling unsettled. 'Earthing' is the practice of planting your bare feet firmly on the earth, without any barriers such as shoes, socks or carpets, so that the positive electrical charges that accumulate in our bodies (we’re pretty good conductors of electricity) can dissipate through the ground. Give it a try.
2. Be still
Meditate, my friends! There’s not much more to it. It’s pretty much a no-brainer, but feeling grounded requires you to be in the present. You can’t stay grounded when you’re continuously worrying about the future or replaying old stories and scenes from the past. Three deep breaths and BAM. You’re back in the room.
3. Move your body
Yep, I just totally contradicted myself (see #2) but a little contrast never goes amiss. Stretch. Yoga is brilliant because it reminds you to tune into your breath and gets you back into your body. Or maybe you need the rush of crisp air in your lungs and some heat in your cheeks, in which case get yourself outside and run your little legs off. Feel your way out of the stickiness.
4. Funnel your energy
Focussing your mind and energy is essential to getting things done and moving forwards when it feels like overwhelm and hectic circumstances are stalling you. One thing at a time. Not only does this help keep you present but it also helps you get stuff done. What do you need most in this moment? What can you do right now to make you feel like you’ve got some wind in your sails and the horizon within sight? Get to it.
5. Create rituals
I especially love using my oils in grounding rituals. Particular favourites are doTERRA’s Balance blend and I also keep a roller bottle of Sandalwood (in jojoba oil) in my handbag. This doesn’t require you to make a fuss or dance around naked whilst you sage your room (though you’re welcome to if you thinks that’s going to help), but creating a simple and intentional ritual for you to return to when you feel unsettled can really help. Simply placing a few drops of essential oil in you palms, rubbing them together and inhaling them will do. Maybe you’d like to sit down and journal with a candle burning, do a mini meditation or just listen to a chapter of an audiobook. Whatever it is, remember that the power is in the repetition.
You really don’t need to take much with you but some ideas for some handy tools to keep in your suitcase include:
- Essential oils
- Exercise gear (and travel yoga mat)
- Journal and pens
- Mindfulness colouring book and colouring pencils.
- Crystals! Smokey quartz is very grounding. (Or any other token really, depending on your woo-woo preferences).