I’ve always been a city babe, which is why at age 18, I moved to Chicago.
While from the bottom of my heart, I adore the skyscrapers, food, street festivals, and attractions The Windy City has to offer, there’s one thing (well I guess technically two) it’s missing that I personally can’t live without. The sunshine and ocean. In my opinion, they go together.
I have a tendency to be very affected by my surroundings, especially the weather.
There are many people that get a dopamine rush from thunder storms and others who find rainy days relaxing, but I can’t say I fit either category. Seasonal depression is a real thing for me.
There was one day I was walking to my adored studio apartment in Chicago’s Lakeview/Wrigleyville neighborhood back in Spring of 2014.
As soon as I stepped outside, I felt the perfect amount of sunlight and wind. In the span of about 5 seconds, my mood lifted from light to elated.
It took me a few minutes to figure out exactly how that happened, but I was so excited when I realized the reason.
It felt like LA weather, which was just another affirmation that the City of Angels was where I needed to be. Thank you Universe!
Just months later, I made my way to LA and naturally gravitated towards the beach on an almost daily basis. In fact, I was going so often and loved the feeling of wearing sandals so much, that I literally didn’t wear closed-toed shoes even once the first at least 6 months I lived in LA.
The salt air, the soft sand, the sun beams, the indescribable feeling of wading in the water. I was and still am o b s s e s s e d.
I’m so surprised at how many people who live here take this for granted and tell me they haven’t been to the beach in years. Oh well.
It didn’t take me long to conclude that being outside and in nature was something that was essential to my happiness. Now I make it a point to go spend time at the beach or go hiking at least once per week.
The amount of pleasure it brings me, is truly only something that Mother Earth can offer. A feeling like I’m walking on air.
I was so fascinated when just a handful of months ago, I found out that there is an actual term for what I was doing. It’s called “Earthing”. How beautiful is that? The definition of Earthing is “the act of being in direct contact with the earth”.
There are many ways you can do this, my personal favorite being walking on the beach where the sand meets the water. Other forms of Earthing are:
-swimming in the ocean
-being barefoot in the grass
-napping on the ground under a tree
One of the most noticeable benefits of Earthing, is a mood shift and an instant feeling of calmness and serenity. And as if that’s not enough, there are a ton of health benefits that come along with this practice. I want to share them with you ❤
-An increase in energy
-Improvement in blood pressure and flow
-A decrease in stress levels
-Relief in muscle tension
-Improvement in sleep
-Regulation in circadian rhythm
-Speeds healing process
The list could go on forever, why? Because there's nothing Mother Earth can't do.
Even prior to knowing all of these amazing benefits of spending time with the earth, I have made it a priority in my life and have since noticed a paradigm shift and expansion of me as a person.
It is truly one of the most therapeutic and amazing things you can do for both your soul and your body; this is why I encourage you to try it.
Actually, I dare you. I dare you to try it and tell me that there's something better out there. Ready, go! I'll wait.