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We live in busy environments and face many demands. Extra-curricular activities, social media, and school and work commitments can mean that we have little time for ourselves. As a result, we may lose sight of what is happening inside us and find ourselves reacting without thinking to the world around us. This can lead to an imbalance in our wellness among mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical facets of our health. Finding balance between these aspects requires us to take responsibility in nurturing all four areas holistically.
Grounding is the practice of focusing our attention on one thing at a time. It provides us with an opportunity to increase our understanding of where we are and enable us to feel without judgement.
Taking time to pay attention to ourselves helps increase awareness. It creates opportunities to manage stress and emotions such as anger and frustration. Grounding exercises have also been proven to slow heart rate and breathing, reduce oxygen consumption, and even change brain waves. This opens the mind to learning, including the concepts presented in the Respectful Futures modules. It also builds an understanding of how important the emotional facet of our health is to our wellbeing.
We also encourage you to check out the First Nations Health Authority on Health and Wellness.