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3 GROUNDING PRACTICES FOR BUSY MUMS

Happy Mother's Day Mummas!

It’s no secret that mums can often feel as though their brain has 7 million tabs and apps open with half of them going haywire and you don’t know where the music is coming from. 

As a parent, being overwhelmed from time to time is part of the job description and can appear in many different forms. It doesn’t always have to look like hyperventilating, unpredictable bouts of rage or uncontrollable sobbing; It can also look like trouble concentrating, thoughts caught on a loop, having feelings of insecurity, restlessness, feeling disconnected from yourself and surroundings, the list goes on.

If this sounds familiar, then we like to remind you of the potency of 3 simple and accessible grounding practices. Connect with these practices to reduce overwhelm and to help create even just a little more ease and comfort throughout your day, you deserve it most!

 

1.Breathe

Breathing is free and accessible to all of us and most importantly, it's something you can do anytime, anywhere – whether you're making a morning coffee, feeding your baby, or waiting in the car at school pick up. We all know by now that breath work does not have to be fancy or elaborate in order to help calm your nervous system, reduce stress levels, and ignite a sense of grounding and relaxation.

Here are 2 simple techniques we love to use:

Prolonged exhalations

Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Take long, slow, deep breaths. Find a rhythm that feels calming. Focus on breathing out for two counts longer than the in-breath. I.e. breathe in for a count of 5, breathe out for a count of 

Box Breathing

This is a method in which you breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and so on until you feel grounded.

 

2. Earthing

This is the simple practice of getting in physical touch with the earth by lying down or even just placing our hands or bare feet on the earth. When we have direct contact with the earth, we allow our biological rhythms to harmonise and come back into balance. The practice of grounding allows negative irons to rise from the earth and be absorbed by the soles of our feet and into our body. 

When we are not ‘grounded,’ for example, if we are working inside and surrounded by wifi & other technology we become positively charged (opposite to nature). Our body and the earth both have electromagnetic fields and when we physically come into contact with the electromagnetic field and negative irons of the earth we can ground our bodies and harmonise with it.

Even if all you can do is start your day with a warm drink whilst you play with your bub in the grass, this simple ritual can be enough to help bring you balance.

 

3.  Dry Body Brush

Dry body brushing is a lymph-loving practice that supports healthy circulation and a robust immune response. This practice also works to detox the body by removing daily accumulation of dirt and dead skin cells.

You can generally get a great dry body brush at your local health food store, chemist or even supermarket nowadays, so opt for a natural bristle brush with medium to soft bristles. 

Give yourself a quick dry body brush before you shower for best results. It takes just a few minutes and the benefits are immense. Dry brush the body with light/gentle pressured strokes and always moving in the direction towards the heart to stimulate and assist the movement of the lymphatic fluid. 


If you find the pressure of parenting taking off with your sense of calm, connect to these gentle grounding practices and most importantly, don’t forget to ask for support when you need it so that you have the capacity to enjoy all that such a blessing as being a mum brings to your life.

With love, PK HQ.

                           Written by Denise Battany

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