Power of Grounding: The Secret To Stay Centered and Productive at Work
Feeling overwhelmed with negative emotions at work is common. Intrusive thoughts can often make you feel unproductive and lead to burnout.
Such occurrences are very common, considering today's lifestyle choices and work-life dis-balance. And, with the rising statistics of stress and anxiety among employees, taking care of your health and well-being has become more vital now than ever.
Therefore, in this blog, we will introduce you to a healing technique called grounding. Let's further discuss what it is and how it can benefit you.
What is Grounding?
Do you know the Earth contains energy? Or the fact that direct physical contact with the Earth's vast supply of electrons can improve your health? This process of human connection with the surface of the Earth is known as grounding or earthing.
Research suggests that human disconnection from nature significantly contributes to physiological problems and diseases. Grounding can promote intriguing physiological changes by improving your well-being.
Even a 10-minute barefoot walk in nature can have surprising health benefits. Be it on grass, sand, rock, or mud. You can also walk barefoot outside, sit and work outdoors, or sleep indoors connected to a conductive system to practice grounding.
The Earth's negative energy can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment to improve the regular functioning of your body system. Earthing (grounding) is a natural healing process. It reduces inflammation, pain, and stress; improves blood flow, sleep, and vitality.
Earthing is a simple yet profound lifestyle addition. It requires little or no effort for you to reconnect with nature. So, why not find some time for yourself and relax? You can always start by practicing mindfulness meditation or yoga in your garden.
Why should you practice Grounding?
Your self-love is a medicine for the Earth.
– Yung Pueblo
Grounding yourself in the workplace implies returning to the present moment with all your senses. This practice is essential for ensuring your holistic health to redefine your lifestyle and well-being.
According to a survey, anxious employees report difficulties managing problems like; meeting deadlines; managing work; maintaining personal relationships, and participating in regular meetings. During stressful moments grounding reduces anxiety and helps you remain calm.
Keeping your intention and attention focused on the task is quintessential at work. Grounding improves concentration and helps you to complete your work more efficiently. At the same time, it can make you more proactive and help you build meaningful connections with your co-workers.
Besides, it makes you a better decision-maker, more thoughtful, and less distracted. Grounding also stimulates your creativity by helping you tap into your inner resources to develop new ideas.
Some of its techniques include; , meditation, yoga, walking in nature, focusing on your senses, and journaling. And incorporating them into your daily routine will help you develop a greater sense of well-being and be more effective at work.
Some of its techniques include; deep rest, meditation, yoga, walking in nature, focusing on your senses, and journaling. And incorporating them into your daily routine will help you develop a greater sense of well-being and be more effective at work.
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Benefits Of Grounding
Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second. Then decide what to do with your time.
– Naomi Shihab Nye
Clint Ober popularized the grounding movement in his book, "Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!". He suggested that grounding can cure most common modern diseases as the Earth contains limitless healing energy.
Also, according to the spiritual health site Chopra, the Earth is one gigantic battery with a negative charge. You, too, are electrical, with your cells transmitting energy to your cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems.
Besides, grounding holds numerous benefits for those who intentionally practice it. And some of them are as follows;
1. It helps reduce Fatigue:
Several studies have shown that grounding can reduce muscle damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress associated with physical fatigue. In a trial, participants who grounded for one hour reported significantly less fatigue compared to those who did not ground.
2. Reduces Chronic Pain:
Grounding has been found to reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation and promoting better blood circulation. According to a study, when you ground, electrons from the Earth contact your skin and enter your body, acting as natural antioxidants. They protect cells, tissues, and organs from oxidative stress.
3. Helps overcome anxiety and depression:
Those who practice grounding often tend to be centered, balanced, calm, strong, and positive. Grounding or earthing helps you overcome depression and anxiety by directing your focus from negative to positive thoughts.
It helps you reconnect with the physical sensations of your surroundings and alleviate your mental health.
4. Minimizes sleep disorders:
Grounding can help reduce sleep disorders by regulating the body's circadian rhythm and promoting more restful sleep. It allows the body to release excess electrical charge and reduces inflammation, improving its ability to rest deeply.
Stress and anxiety are common contributors to sleep disorders. But grounding can help you feel at ease when it's time to go to bed.
5. Improves Cardiovascular health:
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2013 found that grounding improved heart rate variability. Another study published in the ournal of Inflammation Research in 2013 found that grounding reduces blood viscosity, a cardiovascular disease risk factor.
6. Improves facial blood flow:
Grounding can increase blood flow to the face by improving overall circulation. When blood flow is improved, more oxygen and nutrients can reach the skin cells in the face, improving skin health and appearance.
It also enhances skin tissue repair helping you connect with nature and relish your inner and outer beauty.
Should Workplaces Have Grounding Space For Employees?
It might be too much to ask for. But, no. Prioritizing employees' well-being has become core to any organizational goal toward success today.
Offices today are changing their work settings. They are adopting holistic work culture or a zen workspace to promote a stress-free zone. Creating a positive working space to avoid burnout, absenteeism, and work-life crises can work wonders.
Offices can also create a grounding space for all. A corner with natural light, carpet, plants, books, or a fountain with healing music in the background. That way, employees can de-stress even at work and remain mindful. A 10-minute mindful break or deep rest can improve employee health and well-being.
One thing that has become increasingly clear is that a company's success is tied to the health and well-being of its employees. If organizations prioritize employees' health and well-being, they are more likely to feel valued and motivated to put their best on the table.
The fundamentals of leading a healthy lifestyle lie in preventing stress, exercising, eating healthy, and using alternative well-being practices. Therefore, adapting to an integrative lifestyle is primordial to surviving.
Grounding is an easy-to-do spiritual wellness practice that can give you rapid results. For those with chronic health disorders, this technique can help achieve good health and well-being. So try now!
1. How do you ground yourself?
There are several ways to ground yourself, including walking barefoot on grass or sand, sitting or lying on the ground, using a grounding mat or sheet, or simply visualizing yourself connecting with the Earth's energy.
2. Is grounding scientifically proven?
Although more research is needed, evidence suggests that grounding positively impacts health and well-being. However, more research is needed to understand the mechanisms behind these effects fully.
3. How can grounding or earthing benefit employee health and well-being?
Grounding can help employees reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and increase energy levels. Employees can become more centered and attentive, increasing productivity and job satisfaction.
4. How can employers promote grounding in the workplace?
Employers can promote grounding in the workplace by encouraging employees to go out during breaks. They can provide a designated outdoor space for employees to relax and ground.
Or, offer wellness programs incorporating grounding practices such as yoga, outdoor tracking, or mindfulness sessions. Employers can conduct grounding sessions or workshops as employee wellness activities.
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