Have you noticed how some people drain your energy? You’re in a good mood, going about your daily busy, feeling completely carefree. Then suddenly someone, let’s say your partner, enters your space and says something that completely ruins your mood.
Sometimes your mood can shift simply by having that person around you, even if you don’t understand why. This is especially true for more spiritually sensitive people and empathics.
Your once great mood has now turned to feelings of tension, frustration, annoyance, or you just feel drained by the encounter. Because of this, your defense mechanisms trigger and your barriers go up.
At this point, it’s very likely that your body has released the stress hormone cortisol, which is flooding your entire nervous system. For many, this can easily lead to a fight—or at the very least, a very uncomfortable situation– because you are completely thrown off your center.
How do you prevent other people’s energy from affecting you?
Of course in situations such as these, rather than getting hurt, frustrated or starting a fight, you can choose to ignore the situation, use humor or listen to the other person rather than become defensive. However, one of the best ways to ensure you remain calm and peaceful rather than reactive is to practice grounding yourself.
What is grounding?
As Sonia Choquette explains in her book The Psychic Pathway, “Grounding is a technique that calmly drains yourself of excess energy, thus keeping your perceptions clear, your emotions balances, and your body relaxed and so preventing emotional explosions.”
It is an exercise that should be done whenever your emotions are triggered or you feel out of balance. “If you are anxious, nervous, short-tempered, volatile, or emotional, you need to get grounded.”- Sonia
As in meditation or yoga, grounding is essential for keeping your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing balanced and in harmony. For more health benefits and a scientific explanation for why grounding is crucial for your health, read “Why does walking barefoot on the earth make you feel better”
Here are some ways on how to practice grounding
While meditation is great way to ground yourself, other activities that involve using your hands and feet are also effective. Below are some practical ideas:
- The most effective and common way is to touch the ground, i.e. walk barefoot. Walking barefoot in grass, sand or dirt helps you reconnect with the earth, which helps to drain the excess charges that have built up in your nervous system
- Planting a garden is also a great way to get your hands and feet into the earth
- Playing with clay is another way to get grounded
- Washing dishes helps because you use your hands and the water washes away impurities, literally and figuratively
- Organizing your space
- Cooking and baking
- Similar to walking barefoot in the grass, touching a tree and laying on the grass also help ground
- Of course exercising, going for a walk and playing sports help to raise your mood
- For the more spiritual empathics, carrying crystals such as obsidian, fluorite, and hematite are great for balancing your energy
It is best to ground yourself as often as you can or as often as necessary. By practicing grounding, you’ll start becoming more aware of how people and things affect you, feel more relaxed and in control no matter what comes your way.
If you have other tips for grounding yourself, please share in the comments!