Grounding with children: benefits and techniques
Updated: Jul 19, 2021
Grounding is such a huge and important topic in relation to health and wellbeing, but what does it mean, how can our children benefit and how do we go about this?
What is grounding?
Grounding is the process of electrically reconnecting you to the earth for health and wellbeing benefits. Due to the modern world (overuse of technology, diet, lack of connection to nature), we build up a positive charge in the body, which can negatively affect our health.
Studies prove that by physically connecting to the earth, we are able to connect to its mildly negative charge and rebalance our bodies. In an energetic sense, we are tuning back into our lower chakras – “getting out of our heads”.
Why is it important for children?
When children feel ungrounded and their bodies have an energetic imbalance, this can manifest in various symptoms and behaviours:
Becoming easily distracted, unable to focus or concentrate
Experiencing sleep problems
Fidgeting with their hands or feet, unable to sit still
Seemingly anxious or talking about fears or worries more than normal
Feeling overwhelmed, stuck in ‘fight or flight’ response
Benefits of grounding with ADHD & autism
If a child is on the autistic spectrum or has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), then ‘being grounded’ is more difficult for them, as they lack the filtering systems (sensory processing disorder) that others do. This means that their nervous system is more easily triggered by things such as noise, social situations, break in routines or smells, causing great anxiety and panic.
The good news is that studies have proven that meditation and mindfulness can be used as valuable treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
4 ways to use grounding with children
Let them walk barefoot By walking barefoot on natural ground, such as grass and sand, children can soak up the electrical charges from the earth through the soles of their feet and balance the energy in their bodies. This is also called “Earthing”. They can also lie on the ground if this helps them relax better.
Play with tactile objects Using their senses to explore tactile objects such as fabrics, stones, different textures can be a very grounding experience. Fidget toys are a way of introducing this; they are popular at the moment and widely available. Another way of bringing in this tactile sensation is allowing them to put their hands through running water.
Encourage meditation with crystals Another tactile experience is meditating or just exploring crystals – particularly those that are red, brown, or black (colours that represent the lower chakra).
Use your senses A meditation technique that is really useful during moments of high anxiety and panic is the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 technique - find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste. It stops you in your tracks and encourages your mind to think of completing this task rather than the thoughts racing through your head or the situation you are in.
Grounding meditations are a large part of our classes, online and in person. Drop me an email if you'd like more information.