Thanks to our fast-paced lifestyle and hectic work schedule, it’s safe to say that we’ve never been more disconnected with nature. We wake up, work out, rush to work, aim at climbing the corporate ladder, return home stressed, and have a troubled sleep. In the midst of this, we often forget to experience and value the simpler joys of life – be it walking barefoot on the grass or letting the cool breeze hit our faces every morning. While we often dismiss the importance of reconnecting with nature as hipster philosophy, science believes otherwise. So, let’s explore the healing energy that the earth has, our relationship with this energy, and why it all matters.
What Is Earthing?
When your skin comes in direct contact with the surface of the earth, it is referred to as earthing or grounding. Earth’s surface consists of a large number of electrons. When transferred to the human body through earthing, it can
How To Grow Closer To Nature?
Reconnecting with nature is easier said than done. Our erratic lives don’t leave us with a lot of space to meet our work deadlines, let alone connect with the earth. While it’s not possible to leave behind all our daily tasks and spend more time outside, there are small things you can do to connect with nature.
Every morning, go to a nearby park and take a long walk.
What Does Science Have To Say?
1. Reduces Pain And Improves Physiological Well-Being
Chronic pain and arthritis can be difficult to deal with. In fact, if statistics are to be believed, 1 in every 4 Americans suffers from chronic pain.2 It is, hence, important that we take measures to prevent and manage chronic pain. A pilot study that explored the association between earthing and body pain, revealed interesting results. Two groups of participants were given conductive carbon
- Asthmatic and respiratory conditions
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Sleep apnea
Moreover, studies also report that earthing can significantly boost your immune system and keep diseases at bay.3
2. Improves Mental Well-Being
Another study examined the effects of earthing on stress. A conductive adhesive patch was placed on the sole of the participants’ feet. The patches of one group of participants were earthed using a wire, while the other group wasn’t connected with the earth. The group that underwent earthing observed a significant reduction in stress and an increase in the function of the autonomic nervous system.4
Earth’s energy is powerful and healing. To grow healthier both mentally and physically, it’s important to reconnect with nature and experience its energy.
|↑1||Oschman, James L., Gaétan Chevalier, and Richard Brown. “The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” Journal of inflammation research 8 (2015): 83.|
|↑2||Pain Management. National Institutes Of Health.|
|↑3||Chevalier, Gaétan, Stephen T. Sinatra, James L. Oschman, Karol Sokal, and Pawel Sokal. “Earthing: health implications of reconnecting the human body to the earth’s surface electrons.” Journal of environmental and public health 2012 (2012).|
|↑4||Chevalier, Gaétan, Stephen T.