Welcome to the home of “grounding techniques for empaths”, where you will learn one of the most essential things to do to get overactive empathy under control today: getting grounded! There are many different ways to ground yourself, and this article will go over three very simple ones to get you started.
But first off, it helps if you understand what I’m talking about when I mention grounding. Let’s go over some basics and why grounding is so dang important.
What is grounding?
Simply put, grounding is bringing your attention to your physical connection with the earth. It is taking your focus (which for empaths is often very scattered) and bringing it back to yourself and your center. It is becoming aware of you, your own energy and how you are feeling.
Most importantly, grounding makes you more “solid” because you are focusing only on you and your own energy and connection to the earth. This will make you less susceptible to the influx of emotions out there, because you are not as scattered.
Scattered energy makes for a bad time for empaths, so getting grounded is always always always the first and foremost thing you should do when you start learning how to be an empowered empath. Even once you’ve reached that level, you’ll still need to use grounding on a daily basis. It really is that important, I can’t stress that enough.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO GETTING OVERACTIVE EMPATHY UNDER CONTROL IS TO BE GROUNDED!
I can’t shout it from the rooftops, so I’ll shout it from my blog instead. But I’m shouting with love, I promise!
So now that I got that out of the way… here are 3 ways to ground yourself today!
1. Walk barefoot on the earth.
One of the most straightforward ways to ground is to literally let your bare feet be on the physical earth. Kick off your shoes and socks, get outside and let your feet be on the grass, dirt, sand, whatever you can find (so long as it’s not dangerous!). Feel the earth between your toes and simply imagine all of the emotions or scattered energy you are feeling seep down and out through your feet, right into the earth.
This is a very effective way to ground because you have an actual physical reminder of your connection to the earth, or the ground. So if you are in the midst of feeling scattered, emotional, or empath-y, get outside if you can and walk barefoot on the earth. You may feel like a hippie, but hippies have the right idea with this particular thing. 😉
2. Spend time with animals
Animals are natural beings that are not affected by the stressors of modern life the way that humans are. In this regard, they have maintained their purity and innocence and because of this, are the ultimate “creatures of the earth”. So naturally, spending time with animals is a really great way to tap into this natural earthy energy, which in turn can help to get you grounded.
This works because when you spend time with animals, it’s easy to completely forget about all of the other worries in the world and get you focused on one thing and one thing only: you and your connection with a truly earthy being.
So if you have pets, take some time to give them a little extra love. Give them your undivided attention (no TV, no cell phones), and just focus on having quality time with an animal. If you do not have pets, try visiting friends or neighbors who have pets to get your animal fix. It could also be beneficial to visit or volunteer at animal shelters (preferably no-kill ones!) to spend quality time with animals who need extra love and affection.
And if you’re just not into petting animals, try simply watching animals! One of my favorite ways to ground is to sit out in my backyard (barefoot with my feet on the earth) and watch the birds that visit my tree. It’s incredibly soothing and allows me to practice 2 different grounding techniques at the same time. Give it a shot sometime!
3. Ditch the smart phone and just breathe
I’ve been hinting at this throughout this whole article, but distractions are a huge part of why people in general (not just empaths) have such scattered, ungrounded energy. It’s just all too easy to get distracted by all of the notifications, texts, emails, etc when you have a portable computer in your pocket at all times. This can be detrimental to an empath who is learning how to ground.
So do yourself a favor, and ditch the phone! Turn it off, put it on airplane mode, put it another room, do whatever you need to do to not let it distract you. You don’t have to permanently abandon your phone (I would never suggest such a thing!), but it’s super beneficial to part with it for at least a few minutes a day.
And once you give yourself permission to be temporarily cell phone-free? Breathe. Simply focus on your breath. Don’t worry about clearing your mind or doing any meditation visualizations, just breathe. Allowing yourself some time (even if it’s just a few minutes a day) to sit with your breath and only your breath is a fantastic way to ground. This is what bringing your focus back to you is all about.
The Bottom Line
Don’t discount the importance or effectiveness of grounding. It’s the essential foundation to empath empowerment, so really try to find time to practice this necessary self-care routine daily. Whatever way you choose to ground, just make sure you do it. Once you realize how effective it can be, you will be glad you have made it a part of your life.
Have any different ways to ground that work for you? Share below! I’d love to hear about what works for you.