With everything happening in the world right now with COVID-19, it can be challenging to feel clear on what the next few weeks and months look like. Social distancing is a real thing and navigating how to nurture personal relationships without physical connection is an adjustment. In those moments where you may feel caught up in overwhelm, here are some of our favourite ways to get grounded in these difficult times:
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
What’s on your mind? Take out a pen and paper and jot down the worries and anxieties that are crowding your mind. Consider what is no longer serving you and let it go. What are the things you have been putting off because you’ve been too busy? Revisit them. Once you have a clear picture of everything that’s coming up, you can plan out any actions you need to take and identify the things you may need to release.
Eat fresh veggies
Ground yourself from the inside out. Try adding some root vegetables to your diet this week such as turnips, potatoes, pumpkin, beetroot. These are loaded with nutrients and make meals visually appealing with a mixture of colours and textures. Many of these are staples for soups and snacks – consider adding them to smoothies to sneak more vegetables into your day. Follow some fun recipes here.
Focus on restorative yoga poses
Nothing fancy here–a simple mountain pose, tree pose, or sukhasana work perfectly to tap into your grounding energy. Each of these poses offers the opportunity to stand firmly on the ground and connect to the Earth. Throughout the day, these moves can bring you back when you notice your focus starts to wander. If you’re looking to explore more of this, check out our event schedule in our app for upcoming opportunities to practice yoga with us.
Follow your breath
Close your eyes and as you inhale, trace the air as it enters your nose and goes into your lungs. On the exhale, follow the air leaving your lungs and exiting your nose or mouth. Do this for a couple of breaths. If anything continues to tug at you, try writing it down and coming back to the breath. You may notice you feel lighter after acknowledging what is on your mind. Breathing always help you get grounded in these difficult times.
Sip on some earthy herbal teas
Who doesn’t love some good old tea? Dandelion root tea, hibiscus tea (red for the root chakra!), rose tea, and valerian root tea are all perfect for feeling more grounded. As the weather heats up, explore your favourite teas over ice.