With longer daylight hours, many are feeling more energized and active. At the same time, allergies and a shift in the seasons can be draining. If you find that you are restless and can’t sleep at night, unfocused and scattered during the day, or feeling any anxiety or stress, you could benefit from some grounding exercises.
Go for a hike
The combination of physical activity and connecting to nature is an excellent way relieve anxiety and help you sleep at night. Not to mention that spring is a perfect time to enjoy beautiful plants, a cool breeze, and even some cute baby animals. Go practice being truly in the present moment instead of in your head.
Do Something Sensory
For me, that is often the act of cooking and then eating a meal. It’s anything where you are using your hands, smelling the smells, and paying attention to the sights and sounds around you. Honing an arts and crafts skill is another great way. I watched a glass blowing demonstration the other day and was struck about how much that involves your different senses. There’s smell of the furnace, the feel of the fan, and the weight of the blowpipe with molten glass at the end. At times the glass blower closed his eyes in order to feel the shape more clearly. At other times, he put his ear to the glass in order to hear if it made the appropriate crackling or sucking sound. Of course, keen eyesight is important in attaining just he right level of translucence. So find an activity that involves as many of your senses as you can and you will feel more connected to your body and the world around you.
The act of actually digging into the dirt and planting seeds or baby plants is only the beginning. You then begin a relationship not only with that plant, but also with the ecosystem around it. As a “plant parent”, you are working to create an environment that nurtures and protects the new life. As you tend to its needs, you may find that you begin to attend your own needs more.
About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.