Grounding: Exploring Earthing Science and the Benefits behind It
Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth.
This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical Source from the earth can have positive effects on your body. This type of grounding therapy isn’t entirely the same as the technique that is used in mental health treatment.
Types of grounding or earthing
There are many types of grounding. All of them focus on reconnecting yourself to the earth. This can be done through either direct or indirect contact with the earth.
Have you ever been outside on a warm summer day and felt the urge to run barefoot in the grass? One of the easiest ways to ground yourself to the earth is to walk barefoot.
Whether this is on grass, sand, or even mud, allowing your skin to touch the natural ground can provide you with grounding energy.
Lying on the ground
You can increase your skin-to-earth contact by lying on the ground. You can do it in the grass by the park or on the sand at the beach.
If you’re going to ground yourself in this way, be sure to take the proper precautions and never lie somewhere you could be injured.
Submersing in water
According to advocates for grounding, water may be used to ground in the same way the physical earth is used for grounding.
They suggest simply wading in a clear lake or swimming in the ocean as a way to ground yourself. As always, be sure to stay safe when swimming, especially in murky or deep waters.
WHY USE GROUNDING?
There’s not much research on the benefits of grounding. However, people have reported improvement for conditions such as:
Chronic fatigue: A decrease in their fatigue levels
Lower Chronic pain Levels: those who used grounding reported lower pain levels.
Anxiety and depression: It was shown that even 1 hour of grounding therapy can significantly improve mood.
Sleep disorders: Improvement in sleep length and reduce sleep disturbances with grounding therapy.
Cardiovascular disease: Grounding therapy helped to reduce blood pressure levels in participants with hypertension.
“BENEFITS OF GROUNDING THERAPY MAY COME SIMPLY FROM FEELING LIKE YOU’RE RECONNECTED TO NATURE”
HOW TO PRACTICE GROUNDING
Grounding can be performed both outdoors and indoors, depending on the technique you choose to use.
Outdoors: When you’re outside, you can easily ground yourself by allowing the bottoms of your feet, palms of your hands, or entire body to touch the earth. Walk in the grass, lay in the sand, or swim in the sea. These are all easy ways to naturally reconnect.
Indoors: When you’re inside, grounding yourself requires a bit more effort and in most cases, equipment. Use a grounding sheet or socks while you sleep. Use a grounding mat in your home office chair. This equipment has been thought to help ground you throughout the day.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Grounding or earthing is a therapeutic technique that focuses on realigning your electrical energy by reconnecting to the earth. There’s little research behind grounding but smaller studies have reported benefits for inflammation, pain, mood, and more.