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Earthing – The Healthy Connection

By March 11, 2015Health

image of grass and sky with text earthing - the healthy connection

An important part of everyone’s life is to look after their health.

Now I know that statement in itself is no ground breaking news. We’ve all heard the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ talks. We’re all being more mindful of our diet, getting more exercise, cutting out the ciggies and cutting down the beer and vinos.

Here’s something though that I’ve come across that literally grounds me.

Earthing.

Now those of you who know me have heard me banging on about this for a while now and yep, I’ve even had my friends rid themselves of shoes and socks at backyard BBQs and parties to wiggle their toes in the grass and Earth with me.

It’s all a bit of fun, but in actual fact it’s more than that.

Our bodies are meant to come in contact with the Earth on a regular basis. There was a time when humans did this naturally. We sat and slept on the ground. We foraged for food and dug in the earth with our bare hands and primitive tools. We made everything by hand from the resources that were found naturally around us. We were constantly connected to the earth.

These days however, and especially those of us who work in offices in front of computers, constantly talking on mobile phones surrounded by electromagnetic fields and radiation, we rarely naturally connect with the earth.

We live in our comfy insulated homes wearing protective rubber soled shoes. We sit in chairs and sleep in beds made of synthetic materials. We drive around in cars from one artificially controlled environment to another.

Now there is a whole lot of research and technical info about Earthing that talks about electrons, protons and ions and the actual physiological effects all this has on your body but personally that’s a bit in depth for me and I’m certainly not going to try to explain it beyond this. Basically your body builds up a lot of positive energy charge and the Earth has a negative energy charge. Connecting with the Earth allows us to neutralize which our bodies just love.

What I do know from my own personal experience is how I feel when I Earth.

Have you ever noticed how much better you sleep when you spend a day or even more at the beach? Sand and water are super conductive and the beach is one of the best places you can Earth.

According to some of the latest research, Earthing has many beneficial effects on your body including but not limited to:

  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Improves sleep and energy levels
  • Lowers stress and promotes calmness
  • Improves blood pressure and blood flow
  • Relieves muscle tension and headache
  • Shortens recovery time from injury and illness

For me personally, the beach is one of my favourite places to Earth. I aim to get to the beach at least once a week and have a good walk in the sand, sans shoes, right along the water’s edge. I always feel so much calmer after a good walk along the beach and any nervous energy is transformed into happy positive vibes.  My favourite time is either first thing in the morning, straight out of bed or later in the evening to catch the sunset.

My other fav Earthing ritual is straight after a run on the treadmill, I whip off the shoes and socks and hop on out to my backyard and walk around on the grass while I cool down and stretch. Often this is at night so the grass is nice and cool and sometimes even slightly damp which is perfect for Earthing. The added benefit with doing this at night is you can look up to the skies above and gaze at the moon and stars. If that doesn’t chill you out and put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

There are many natural ways you can include Earthing in your life and you may even be doing them without realising.

Here are a few ideas that can get you Earthing and improve your overall well being.

Do you like gardening? Even the smallest of backyards can fit a few plants, veggies or herbs. Dig in and get a little dirt under your fingernails!

How about swimming? You don’t have to be an Olympic champion, just get in there and submerge yourself. The beach is the best place you can do this, the salt water is amazing for all kinds of things that ail ya.

Why don’t you really get out in nature and go camping or hiking? Get amongst it. Hug some trees and run your hands over some rocks. Sit or even lie on the ground and soak up all the beauty and fresh air around you.

Go fishing, surfing or pack a picnic and head for the park. Walk the dog, play ball games, throw a Frisbee.

Whatever you do, get out in nature and make sure that you consciously connect with the Earth while you’re there.

If for some reason it is not possible for you to get out as much as you’d like there are even products you can buy. You can purchase mats to place under your feet while sitting at your desk or sheets to place on your bed to ground you while you sleep. These types of products plug in to your wall socket and simulate the effect you would get from Earthing naturally.

Whether or not you believe in the science and theory of Earthing, you have to admit that all of these activities are good for you.  So go on, unplug, switch off and go outside and get a healthy connection to the Earth!

I’d love to hear about your own experiences with Earthing and any tips you’d like to share. Please take the time to comment below and share your thoughts!

 

Author Toni

Toni Everard has a gift for motivating and inspiring change in others. Having overcome many of her own life challenges Toni left her previous career in banking and finance to fulfil her desire to contribute more to the world. Now as a Coach, Therapist, Educator and Speaker Toni works with individuals and groups to create transformational change and empower those who want to create more in life for themselves and those they care about.

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  • Kim McKee - Online says:

    Love this Toni! I have not heard about it for a very long time and had forgotten its importance. As a kid I spent a lot of time lying in the sand on the beach and always felt so amazing. I now live in the 5th floor of an apartment block, rush around everywhere like a mad women and yes I cannot think of the last time I consciously “earthed”! I am going to do it this afternoon, can’t wait to see how I feel! Thanks every inspirational indeed! Cheers, Kim

  • Margret says:

    Hi Toni. You had my interest up when I saw the word ‘earthing’. Now I know I’ve seen the word somewhere before a very long time ago almost seems like a ‘fragment’ of my imaginaton now but how amazing it feels just thinking about all the elements that connect to earthing. The whole ‘feel’ you know?. It’s so grounding. Right now Im feeling peaceful and harmonious. Im wishing I was walking on the sand right now!. Everything to do with ‘mother earth’, is for me very tranquil. The walking in the sand on the beach, the grass beneath my feet, the wind blowing through your hair, the seasalt spray as it forms a mist as each wave smashes up against the rocks in the distance. I kid you not. I feel so relaxed right now. While writing this, I have just played a video of images in my mind. Moving pictures capturing all that I have mentioned here, the sand, the grass, the seasalt spray and all that earthing represents in all these elements. I believe I am going to have a fantastic sleep today. Yes today as it is now 3.12 in the morning. Once again, my eyes are blurring. Thankyou for sharing this. I loved it!. Keep it coming Toni.

  • nothing like walking barefoot on soft grass or in the sand at the beach…. earthing sounds fantastic!

  • Can’t say I’ve heard of it before. But I do like to get out tramping over long weekends and rather than go to the gym I run round the park and stop and do exercises on the ground or go for a ride on my Mt bike. I guess I have been practicing it without know that I am.

  • Tash Bell says:

    Great post Toni, I didn’t really know that that’s what it’s called and the science behind it so thankyou! There’s nothing I love more than walking barefoot on the beach along the waters edge or just sitting there squishing my toes into the sand, it just washes my stress away and now I know why! cheers

    • Toni Everard says:

      Thanks Tash. I can’t quite remember when I first came across Earthing before but it was just one of those things that grabbed my attention and I know I have always been doing it but now I do it consciously and I enjoy it even more! 🙂

  • Nik Andrew Nekeare says:

    Fantastic and very earthy…..great comments below, show’s how expressing your own experiences and thoughts touches people you don’t know. This is the education of becoming the leader people want to Know-like-& trust. Brilliant post.

    • Toni Everard says:

      Thanks Nik, I always appreciate the comments you leave after reading my articles and I’m always so pleased to know that people enjoy and can relate to my writing. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts! 🙂

  • Oh yeah what a great share and so beautifully written. I love earthing always have. I was am always the last one to put shoes on my feet and the first one to kick them of when I get the chance to feel the grass, sand,soil and water between my toes hehehe Do you think that could be the reason for me only needing 6 hours sleep whilst everyone else does 8-9 🙂

    • Toni Everard says:

      Haha Sandra that’s fantastic! And yes I do think there is something in the actual quality of sleep you get as an ‘earther’ that absolutely trumps quantity. 🙂

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