Have you ever owner an item that is really special to you? Sometimes just having that special thing around gives you the extra motivational push, a burst of courage, or the feeling of comfort and safety. These items come in all shapes and sizes - many of us have had an extra important stuffed animal or blanket, maybe a special necklace or a lucky tee shirt. It may seem silly, but these special items can be really valuable grounding tools to have in our toolbox.
We put so much love and power into these items, that when we intentionally carry them with us, we can feel a little more confident and present!
The nerves and the fear may not go away, but there is a sense of protection and support.
Today on the blog, we have some fun activities to provide you, your students, or your kids with #GroundingObjects. Take a look!
Decorate a rock! Rocks are perfect grounding items because they are pocket-sized and provide some sensory comfort when held in our hands. By spending time, energy, and care altering your rock, you put meaning and importance into it. Once you've finished decorating your rock, hold it in your hands - feel the support it provides and start to carry it with you in times of need.
Key chains are naturally portable, making them easy grounding objects. Gather some of your favorite beads or attach something small to a key ring. When you need to feel it's magic, take a few seconds to hold each bead, or to run your finger on it's surface. Doing this will help you slow down and come back to your body.
Carry that Mantra Card! Mantra cards often say exactly what you need to hear. Make one that is personal to you, decorate it in a way that will be visually pleasing and calming. Keep it somewhere safe and close!
Right image courtesy of Lisa Congdon
There are so many ways to find support in objects. While of course, we want to be able to gain confidence and find support in friends and family, it's important to be able to manage your own stress! With that being said, Grounding objects are a great way to work on gaining confidence, because at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the object is - it's YOU who is courageous, who faces the fear and the nerves, and who perseveres!
Stay grounded gardeners and don't forget to #PullYourWeeds!