My Resolution for 2019 is simple: Ground more and connect with the Earth every day.
Yet, where I live, it’s COLD! Getting my dose of Vitamin N (Vitamin Nature!) is easier said than done when there’s frost on the ground. Living in the Black Forest of Germany, Baden-Baden, has forced me to get creative with how I Ground. I know I feel so much better when I’m able to get outside and connect with the Earth daily, but doing so in a cold climate is a challenge.
I’ve spent 10 years figuring out the best ways to Ground, and I get so many emails from readers struggling with the same conundrum. When it’s cold outside, you don’t want to be walking around with bare feet even in your house or apartment. A Chinese saying goes “Never walk around the house when you have cold feet,” and as a QiGong practitioner, I believe in this.
So, how do we Ground when it’s chilly?
Well, here are My Top 5 Hacks for Grounding in the Winter-I’ve used these personally to stay connected, and for those of you who don’t live on the beach or in a place with mild year-long weather, this one’s for you!
1. Take A Tub Bath. When you submerge yourself in water and are connected to any sort of metal piping, you are therefore Grounded.
Most homes have metal piping, especially if you live outside the US. If that’s the case, it’s a perfect situation because you can also put minerals in the bath (as an amplifier) and lay in the water for 20-30 minutes which is a great dose! It’s important to note that if you live in the US in a “pre-fab” home built within the last 10 years, there’s a chance you may have only plastic materials in your shower or tub in which case you won’t achieve the same grounding effect. To find out for sure, you can plug an Earthing Continuity Tester into your wall socket and while holding the button down, touch part of the tub with some part of your body. If the light goes green, you’re good to Ground!
2. Touch Something Metal in Your House. This is a quick and easy way to Ground without going outside!
Laying your hands on your stove (if it’s made of metal), or running water at the kitchen faucet are just two ways you can utilize things you already have right at your fingertips. Funnily enough, when you wash dishes you’re inherently Grounded as well (yes, really-a reason to get excited to do the dishes…maybe this is why my mother says she feels great when she does the dishes!) This is why it feels so incredible to wash your face-as soon as you touch the water, you connect instantaneously with the Earth. Even if it’s only for a few moments, you’re still getting some of that powerful electron transfer.
3. Use Your Fireplace! Some fireplaces are Grounded depending on if they have a stone or metal casing, so therefore if you touch the metal you can be Grounded as well.
What I love to do is warm my feet by the fire and touch the metal which protects my feet from the cold (remember that Chinese saying!) and helps me get Grounded at the same time.
4. Ground with Materials via Your Home’s “Earthing Socket.” If you need to resort to using materials, they’re a highly effective method to get Grounded and can be fantastic when used correctly.
You can Ground indoors through your home’s earthing socket via the mats, the body bands or the pads. Remaining conductive in the winter is inherently more challenging, so be sure to stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes to achieve the best negative ion transfer.
One of my favorite methods is to sleep with a Grounding patch attached to some part of my body, especially if I’m having back pain or just want to target a specific meridian point, such as my K1 (Kidney) point on the bottom of my foot. This is a fantastic hack because you can simply attach the pad to the bottom of your foot and sleep all night with it, and then just take it off in the morning after enjoying a full night of Grounding!
In the winter, I sometimes prefer this method to the full mat or sheet because some people don’t sweat when they sleep which makes a “full Ground” more difficult to achieve. You need to have some level of moisture to conduct the proper flow of electrons, and as someone who personally runs cold (especially in the wintertime), the patches are my personal go-to because they provide moisture.
5. Ground Your Computer! Transforming your workspace into a Grounded area with a mat beneath your feet or underneath wherever you rest your hands (either beneath your keyboard or mouse) is an awesome way to Ground while working.
Many of us spend several hours a day at a computer, writing emails and so on, so this is a great way to get your dose of Grounding while also protecting yourself from harmful EMFs.
And if you really want the “Rolls-Royce” of Grounding in the winter, we have a fabulous handcrafted leather chair which really takes your “office Ground” experience to a whole new level-please contact us for more details!
I could go much more in depth but I wanted to give you my top 5 hits and hacks for Grounding in the wintertime, when it’s cold outside and you need to get your dose of Earthing for the day!
As someone who understands firsthand how difficult it can be to stay connected synthetically, I use these methods for myself and I hope they work for you!
In other news, I’m excited to announce the launch of our brand new Grounded Instagram account, @grounded.com_official! Be sure to click the link and Follow Us for weekly tips and more hacks to help you stay Grounded all year long!
I'll also be sharing this to my personal blog, www.stepsinatra.com. Be sure to stay tuned and keep in touch as we head into the new year-we have some amazing things planned for 2019!