Benefits of Going Barefoot
Have you ever thought about going barefoot?
Have you ever wondered if there are some benefits to going barefoot? I am not talking about all the time, but especially when you need the extra benefit of grounding, you may want to give this a shot. I am going to talk about why it's beneficial, how to do it, and how it relates to anxiety.
Why is going barefoot (also known as earthing) beneficial?
So, earthing (is defined as walking barefoot on soil, grass, or sand (any natural surface).
Originally, this was thought to help connect your body with the electrons naturally running through the earth's surface, and this has a positive effect on how your body functions.
Several studies have explored benefits with various individuals, including individuals with chronic pain, and found that these individuals slept better after practicing this.
This technique also reduced stress and improves immunity by decreasing white blood cell counts and increasing red blood cell counts.
Another benefit includes better posture. Often times, shoes are made with some sort of heel, which puts pressure on the neck and spine. Going without shoes improves this.
It helps with inflammation. Free radicals (the things that cause inflammation) are positively charged and can leave the body when you perform earthing.
This improves sleep, which is something people with anxiety tend to struggle with overcoming.
This method also stimulates the pressure points (reflexology points) in your feet, helping your body to relax, especially when you are walking on uneven ground.
The tactile feeling of being on the cool or warm ground helps you to become more aware of your surroundings.
How to do Earthing
Experts claim that you can do earthing by going barefoot on soil, grass, or sand (or any natural surface), and you can walk, stand, or even sit barefoot on the ground.
It works in warm or cool weather. Be careful if the temperatures are dangerous outside (you don't want frostbite or burns).
How does this relate to anxiety?
It relates to anxiety, because it provides general health benefits by increasing immunity, posture, and reduces stress.
The textures can help you become more aware of your surroundings, thus helping you to do mindfulness techniques or strategies.
It can help with the side effects of anxiety such as migraines, aches, pains, panic, and lack of sleep often associated with anxiety.
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