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Can energy medicine help people through COVID?

Stressed or anxious during the pandemic? Perhaps grounding is the answer for you.

Person wearing a COVID protection hood. — Photo: © Tim Sandle
Person wearing a COVID protection hood. — Photo: © Tim Sandle

As well as physical safety during the coronavirus pandemic, it ids equally important that people focus on their mental wellbeing in healthy, uplifting ways.

A way to try this is a process called ‘grounding’, Amelia Vogler, an energy medicine specialist, tells Digital Journal. Vogler highlights how the practice of grounding can help improve focus, clarity, and productivity.

Grounding, also called earthing, is defined as a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect a person to the Earth. This is an area of medicine that has been subject to peer-reviewed research.

Explaining what grounding actually is, Vogler explains: “Grounding is not just a spiritual exercise, but also a highly practical one that can improve anyone’s ability to focus, be clear-headed and even get more done. When you’re grounded, you’ll feel more at peace with yourself, more patient with others, and balanced when tackling what the day throws your way.”

Vogler has provided five grounding tips for interested readers.

Tip #1: Find your feet

Spend some time getting reacquainted with your posture. Grounded, safe postures start (not surprisingly) with the ground. Feel your feet on the ground and let the Earth come to you – then bring the Earth into you and fill yourself with that energy. Try walking barefoot on the ground – this helps reconnect you with mother nature and your connection to the earth.

Tip #2: Find your breath

Try a full-body breath. Focus on connecting your breath to your feet. Everyone has their own unique breathing pattern which can be expanded on. Learn to breathe deeper and focus that breath down into more parts of your body, including your feet. This helps remind us that we are more than the mind, and that we have support underneath us (literally and metaphorically) at all times.

Tip #3: Get moving

Think of the difference between a lake that is fed by a stream versus the one that sits stagnant.  The lake fed with moving water remains clear and balanced whereas the lake that has no flow gets congested and murky.  Take some time walking in nature, or even a few extra rounds around the kitchen island and keep the energy moving in your body. 

Tip #4: Drink water

Nothing can live without water, including you.  Water nourishes your cells and it also acts as a conductor for electricity in the body.  Did you know that the brain uses electricity and chemicals to communicate? Ensuring proper hydration can actually keep your mind thinking clearly and your body running optimally.  Water helps you to regulate your temperature; keeps oxygen and nutrients moving through the body; and energetically speaking channels vitality throughout the tissues of the body!

Tip #5: Call a friend

There is nothing more grounding than a deep and enriching conversation with a good friend.  Yes, we are all coming out of our COVID isolations a little shaky in the sphere of communication, and no better time than to pick up the phone and invite a friend for a walk outside (or a walk and talk, if they live somewhere else) and share heart to heart.  If you are curious about a good ice breaker, try the question, “What did you learn most about yourself during the pandemic?”  In the interests of balance, readers should note energy medicine lacks any scientific explanation in terms of how the therapy might work. Many scientists classify the approach as pseudoscience. However, it may impart a placebo effect and lead to positive health outcomes.

Written By

Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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