With so many things happening throughout our daily lives, we might feel as though we are being pulled in a thousand different directions. With this comes stress and anxiety. So how do we cope? When we encounter this challenge of balancing our schedules, being grounded is what keeps us firmly in touch with ourselves and our reality. Being grounded means maintaining balance, stability, and mindfulness —no matter what is happening or how many things there are to do throughout our days. Being grounded also involves remembering what is truly important to us. When our external world causes us stress, it is natural that we feel internal conflict. We might think that changing our external circumstances will make us feel better. However, it is important to recognize that internal stress does not just go away. And this is where the practice of groundedness comes in! Here are some ways to stay grounded so that we live life in a healthy, less stressful way:
Have some “non-negotiables” :
These are those things in your life that are must-do’s to staying healthy and sane. Taking time to reflect on your lifestyle and decide what things you need to feel 100% and at your best every day. This could be making sure you get some kind of physical activity or meditation for 30 minutes a day. It could be having quality times with friends or family members for at least one hour a day.. You know yourself best and you know what you need to make “non-negotiables.”
Create a routine:
Creating and maintaining a daily routine is a great way to stay grounded and centered. There are many different kinds of routines – morning, evening, workday, and so on. I challenge you to find a time where you tend to feel the most off balance. Create a routine for this time, whether it is morning, afternoon, or evening. This will help you find calmness throughout this time. There is an unbelievable power to feeling calm and in control.
Make time for self-reflection:
Take time to pause and reflect on where you are, where you have come from, and where you want to go. This can be in a journal to make it more concrete. Sometimes simply reminding yourself of how far you’ve come can be incredibly powerful for making you feel centered.
Just remember that meditation is a tool for staying centered, so don’t get disappointed or frustrated with yourself if you have trouble meditating the first time. It has taken me awhile to get into it. You are training your brain to think a totally different way, so it may be difficult at first. If it is, don’t sweat it! You can do it because it is so worth it, even if for just five minutes a day.
Give yourself time to relax and detox throughout your day, even if it is 30 minutes while you are eating your lunch. Turn off your computer, phone, and completely shut off. Just focus on you in that 30 minutes and spend time helping yourself relax. This could be going on a walk, reading a book, or meeting up with a friend. Just remember to shut off from whatever is causing you stress or imbalance!
And finally, one of the best ways to stay grounded is to practice gratitude. It is important that we are grateful for each and every opportunity we are given throughout life. I believe opportunities are given to each of us for a reason and need to be taken advantage of. Being grounded allows us to show gratitude as we remember what truly matters to us and are able to be thankful for these opportunities that coincide with this. Always remember to be grounded and grateful throughout life!