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Engaging all 5 of my senses. Whenever I’m feeling scattered and ungrounded, I ask myself to focus on and each and every stimulus to bring me back to the present moment.
In your mind…
The beauty of this ritual is that it can be done anytime, anywhere— and it is soooo quickly effective. In under 30 seconds but I can instantly feel my breathing slow, my muscles relax, and my mind feel a lil bit more focused + engaged—- being an active participant in the moment and not passively living it.
Here are some of my favorite grounding writing prompts—
Grab a pen, piece of paper, and work through 1 or 2 or all 9 of these grounding journaling prompts:
This one may not be for everyone, but it really works for me so I wanted to include it.
Whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed, I find a lot of comfort in seeking out a bit of structure and routine. It can be really helpful to sit down, write down everything on your to-do list, plan a bit of structure into your day, set goals… in moments of overwhelm, there is just something very peaceful and clarifying about writing down your tasks and allowing yourself to sort, organize, and prioritize for what lays ahead.
I have found that doing this allows me to ground into the things that are in my control and release the things that are not.
This is the most woo woo thing about me… I LOVE tarot and oracle cards— they provide me a moment to pause. reflect. consider a new perspective.
And somehow i feel like i always pick the right card at the right moment— offering me a dose of peace. a new perspective. a fresh energy.
As shallow as it may sound during a global pandemic, there is just something magic about pausing and taking a little time to indulge in a little TLC.
Ideas for a grounding skincare ritual:
You may have heard of “grounding” or “earthing” outdoors. Earthing means making contact with your bare skin to the Earth. Walking around barefoot, feeling the soft cushion of the grass beneath your feet, walking on stone, sand, soil…. feeling supported and held by the ground below you. This can be as simple as walking out to your lawn, feeling the texture of the earth below your feed and just being still.
This is one of my favorite ways to ground myself quickly in moments of overwhelm.
However, I realize that going outdoors may not be realistic during this time of COVID-19 as many of us are finding ourselves indoors. While you may not be able to physically feel the earth, there are a few go-to methods for grounding yourself anytime, anywhere. These are some of my favorite, quick ways to recenter:
Yes, you could hum happy birthday twice through like they recommend.
….orrrrrrrr you could take this opportunity for a mini self-care moment. In the 20-30 seconds I wash my hands, I have shifted my perspective to making it a peaceful moment for me. I think of 10 things I’m grateful for. I pause. I take a few deep breaths. I have made this 20-30 seconds into a little self-care moment. It sounds silly, but it really is grounding and it has completely elevated the whole experience for me.
Plus take a moment to think about what would happen if the whole world stopped to give gratitude for 20 seconds, multiple times per day? Wow
Here’s the truth— I am right alongside you. Doing my best to stay grounded during this hectic time. I don’t know how this will all play out. I don’t know when this will all end. But I do know that I can invest in the things I can control.
And, for me, it’s allllll by making the small decisions— to breathe through the hard moments (and acknowledge what they are here to teach me). To rest. To release the outcome. To say “no”. (and to say “yes”). To continue working hard. To keep showing up for the things that make me feel like ME. To honor my boundaries. To prioritize the mini moments of joy and self-care. To give myself grace. To nourish + hydrate my body every day. To surround myself with those that *uplift* me. To choose optimism. To trust.
Meet Ashley Price, owner of Ashley Rene Photography. I’m an overly excited curly girl who spends the majority of her time behind a screen typing only to emerge from her hole in order to climb a stool and wade through fields with people in love. They typically make out while I hold up a big black box screaming, “YASSSS DO IT AGAIN!!”⠀
When you put it like that my job is pretty freaking weird, right? I’m also a photographer. Haha 🙂
The core of my business, no matter what I’m doing as my craft, whether that’s photography or something different, I know my calling is in helping share stories that make people feel something. Stories that connect our hearts and remind us of our why. That is always always always my heart behind what I do!!