Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, lotus leggings by Inner Fire Apparel, Hawa ballet flats by Juil, bracelet by Sacred Charms
I had to go into Ikea. I know going to Ikea is always a stressful experience on a weekend. But what I was NOT prepared for was the meshing of seasons. Halloween themed products on Clearance, Thanksgiving platters for sale, and Christmas decorations galore! Suddenly, I got a bit extra stressed. I realized the holidays would creep up on me–as would 2015!! I had so many goals for 2014 and so little time now to get them all accomplished. AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Okay, so I didn’t have a meltdown in Ikea (I promise), but I did suddenly get a little over-dramatic and panicky. Because it can be most unsettling to realize how much you have to do–and how little time you have to do it. Especially when it is the battle of the voice in your head telling you to do xyz and the reality telling you perhaps you can be happy with doing just abc right now.
I could give in to the stories in my head, the holiday pressure created by marketers, and the general onslaught of crazy that seems to come with the arrival of Halloween. Or I could do what I know best. I could take a step back. Take a deep breath. And get grounded.
When you start to feel like your thoughts, time, or anxious energy is just generally lifting you up and getting carried away? That’s the moment to get grounded. Quickly. Efficiently. To come back to your sense of self, to come back to your core, and to get your breath, feet, and mind rooted in the here and now.
When I’m in a pinch, here are THREE quick ways I get myself re-grounded:
1) My yoga practice
When I am feeling especially flighty, overwrought, scattered, anxious, etc. I turn to standing poses and balancing poses to help bring me back to my center. Tree pose (shown above) is a great one to help me find ease while firmly planting my feet in the ground. I also love the entire Warrior series (shown below) to help me open my hips, plant my feet, and get connected to the earth below.
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, outfit by Onzie Apparel
2) My meditation practice
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, leggings and top by NeshNYC, mala by Jessica Needham, Hawa ballet flats by Juil, bracelet and necklace by Sacred Charms
Holy OM! Thank goodness that I meditate. Even five minutes can be the most effective treatment for scatterbrained, overly-anxious, or just plain stressed out Lora! Pssst…anyone can meditate, even you! I wrote a blog post on it last month to help y’all get started, which you can check out here.
Find five minutes. Sit down. Soften the face. Soften the mind. Soften the heart. Let go of everything that is making you feel a little on edge or crazy, and let in the present moment, calmness, and the knowledge that, no matter, what everything is going to be okay–because everything is unfolding exactly the way it is meant to!
3) My shoes
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, leggings by NeshNYC, Hawa ballet flats by Juil, bracelet by Sacred Charms
Yes, I love my Juil shoes because they are cute and comfortable. But I also love them because the copper dots help provide an “earthing” experience and assist in connecting you to the earth. Maybe it’s the placebo effect, but I also feel more calm, more centered, and more grounded in my Juils! (Pssst if you want them, as a Juil ambassador I can save you 10% with the code “lhogan10.” If you try them, let me know what you think of the copper dots yourself!!)
How do you get grounded when you feel overwhelmed, stressed-out, or like your monkey brain is going non-stop? Let me know in the comments below!