5 Simple Ways to Get Centered and Grounded

Is it just me or is there a lot going on around us right now?

I don’t just mean natural disasters, political machination and general unrest – although that’s certainly a factor. It feels like the seasonal transition is in full swing and the energies are wild and chaotic. Perhaps it’s the thinning of the veils between our world and what lies beyond. Maybe it’s just the days getting shorter.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been feeling unsettled recently and I don’t think I’m the only one.

What do you do when you feel frazzled, your mind is racing and you can’t seem to still yourself?

Here are 5 simple things you can try, pretty much anytime, to get centered and grounded in a moment of chaos.

1. Carry a crystal or gemstone.
No one will know you have hematite or rose quartz in your pocket, purse, desk, or even better – disguised cleverly as jewelry. But you can stop and hold your chosen rock for a moment and allow yourself to slow down. Hematite absorbs negativity and your extra stress. Rose quartz emanates a calming peace and love. You don’t need to study stones or be an expert. Experiment with which stones feel good to you. Choose them for their color, shape or texture – whatever appeals to you. Then play with the energies and notice how you feel when you focus on your chosen crystal.

2. Put your bare feet on the earth.
Settle yourself firmly onto the grass or dirt. Make sure the entire soles of your feet are touching and your weight is balanced. Close your eyes. Feel the place where your skin interacts with the planet. Listen to the sounds around you, feel the breeze or sun or mist. Just exist, for two or three minutes, in tune with the earth you stand upon.

3. Breathe deeply.
Yeah, this is kind of a cliché but it works. Stop what you’re doing and take three deep, intentional breaths. Breathe in through your nose then out through your mouth with a sigh. If you’re at work and feel self-conscious you can do this privately in the restroom. Focus on how your body feels as you breathe in and out. As you return to your day make an intention to notice your breath as you move through your work or daily routine.

4. Write it all out.
Sometimes your lack of centering is because of all the thoughts, ideas and things to remember that are crowding the inside of your mind. Does that ever happen to you? Holding onto all those little details takes up a lot of mental bandwidth. Grab a piece of paper or your phone and capture the flood of thoughts – no matter how small or how huge. Getting all of your to-dos and must-remembers in writing will often allow you some mental relief. If it’s your emotions that are going wild, do the same thing in your journal. Write about all of your stressors, challenges and heartbreaks. Then become still for a moment and notice the space that has been created in your energy field.

5. Take a break from the internet.
I know, I know. There are so many reasons to be online. Work, news, entertainment, communication, play, reading. But it’s good to take a break now and then. Sometimes it is the external factors that get us all riled up – which politician or celebrity said or did what, the comments of trolls on social media and just the sheer intensity of staring at a screen for hours on end. Give your eyes and your spirit a break. Evening is a great time to do this. Read an actual paperback book, go for a walk, have tea with a friend, savor a healthy meal, do some stretches, go to bed early. There is plenty to do without the internet and taking a break will help you get more grounded and centered in what truly matters to you.

These are just a few ways to get yourself back to center when you’re feeling stressed.

Often we don’t even realize that we’re out of alignment until we come to a breaking point. You can avoid that kind of melodrama by checking in with yourself throughout the day and trying some of these simple ways to get centered.

Nikki Starcat Shields is an author, writing coach and leader of transformational writing retreats. She's also a licensed Pagan priestess. She invites you to a process of unfolding creativity. The world needs your unique wisdom - now is the time to finally take your inspired book idea and bring it forth into the world. Learn more at NikkiStarcatShields.com.

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