5 Natural & Budget Friendly Tools To Ground Yourself
As many of you will already know, grounding is an important practice that can be used to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and many other concerns. Grounding is all about using your senses to re-center yourself. This involves interrupting harmful thoughts or feelings, becoming more present, and being more in tune with your body and surroundings. Some individuals find it beneficial to use tangible tools when trying to ground themselves, and there are many items on the market. These items can be great, but it’s important to realize that there are many low-cost and natural options out there. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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1) Rocks & Gem Stones (Free to $5)
Rocks have many interesting properties that can be used to ground oneself. The individual can take note of the shape, texture, color, and weight. Some rocks change temperature when you hold them, others can absorb essential oils. Rocks and gems are easy to collect, carry, and double nicely as decorations. There are the free ones you can find on your own, or you can choose to purchase a few fancy gems.
2) Flowers, Leafs, and Weeds (Free)
Each of these items has a unique smell, and whether or not you like the scent is not important. It’s more important that you get your senses working, and deciding on the enjoyability of the smell could be part of the process. These objects are also interesting in a tactile sense, such as plucking flower petals or tearing leaves along the veins.
3) Homemade Natural Slime (Minimal cost of Ingredients)
Slimes have become a popular toy and tool in relieving anxiety. Slime is fun for many of the senses, including, sight, touch, smell, and sound. Unfortunately, many recipes call for not so natural ingredients such as Borax or glue. There are though some natural recipes that can be used that don’t contain these ingredients. These recipes are available on many natural parenting blogs, or you may be able to purchase pre-made natural slime.
4) Dirt & Sand (Free)
Many of us can recall the joy of childhood barefoot adventures, and this is something that we should carry into adulthood! Standing on the ground is about as literal as you can get in regards to grounding, but it doesn’t make it any less useful. Another childhood memory may be of building sandcastles or making mud pies, and while you may choose not to get quite that messy, you can still engage in the same principals. Of course, if you decide to unleash your inner child that’s great too!
5) Water & Ice (Free-few cents)
The great thing about water and ice is that they are almost always available and can be used in many ways. Need to snap back to reality? Try a cold shower or splashing water on your face. Need to relax? Take a warm bath or put a hot compress on your neck. Need distraction? Ice is great for this; you can crunch it, hold on, or even watch it melt. Furthermore, you can drink a glass of water, which if nothing else will give you the hydration, we often need.
I hope this list has been helpful! Be sure to put on your thinking cap, as I’m sure you can come up with many more ideas. Do you have a natural and budget-friendly grounding tool that I didn’t mention? Leave a comment.
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