• Natalie Hennessey

Anxiety and Grounding

Grounding. This word is thrown around a lot in the mindfulness movement. And while I’ve come across it many times before, I don’t think I truly realized what it meant until recently.

I’ve dealt with anxiety for the past number of years, and while my anxiety has been well controlled for many of those years, there are still nights that I wake up at two or 3 AM, and the spiral of anxiety begins.

If you’ve ever been in this situation, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re lying in a dark bedroom, mind racing, hearing noises, and then maybe your heart starts to beat a little bit faster. Or maybe you can feel yourself breathing more shallowly. This happened to me recently, and before I could let the spiral get too big, I decided that I needed to ground myself. I needed to keep myself from going down the path into anxiety.

The only way I could think to do this was to get myself out of my head, and have something to focus on that was external. The first thing that came to mind was an essential oil. Now, I want to be clear that I don’t think essential oils are going to solve every problem in the world, but the idea of aromatherapy and emotional support, well that is something I can get behind.

I happened to have the “Immune” roller from Saje Wellness on my bedside, so I rolled that all over my chest my neck and directly under my nose. Let me tell you, within about three minutes of putting that on I was back. My heart rate had slowed, my breathing became less shallow, and I even fell asleep pretty quickly.

I’ve been trying to figure out why this worked for me, and think I can narrow it down to this:

The mix of external sensations from the cooling and warming oils, as well as the process of taking the time to roll the mixture on my skin, and even the process of taking a few deep breaths really brought me out of my head and gave me an opportunity to think clearly without a cloud of anxiety.

Do you use any grounding practices? Do you use essential oils in your self care routine?

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