Relaxation and restorative sleep seem to be missing in many of our lives. When asked – “How are you?”, how do you typically answer? Busy, is a common response, maybe followed by tired. This seems to be a new norm, and almost a badge of honor to be busy and sleep deprived.
Lack of relaxation and sleep are creating big health problems: Anxiety, depression, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, accidents, poor performance, and memory decline just to name a few.
This week we are going to focus on 1 simple thing to improve both. Grounding, which is sometimes referred to as earthing, is a technique used to connect us back to nature and settle our nervous systems. Many things in our environment disconnect us from nature and the earth. Computers, technology, artificial lighting, working inside are just a few. In addition, winters in Montana tend to shorten our time outside due to the cold weather and shorter hours of daylight. The simplest way to ground is to go outside in bare feet and walk in the grass. But that’s not happening any time soon – right?
Don’t worry. There are other effective ways to ground in the winter, but all require that you disconnect from technology for a few minutes when interacting.
The challenge this week is to take 5 minutes a day and do at least 1 of these a day. Observe how it helps to calm your nervous system creating relaxation and improved sleep.
PS: Next week, I will share simple ways to addmovement. See you then.
Devorah Werner, Health Coach
RD, MSW, PA-C