Grounding yourself if you lose your sense of balance

by Fe Robinson

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Sometimes we get a bit giddy. It's like you got filled with air, and your centre of gravity moved right up into your head. Swirling, light, it can feel fun, in the right context. However, the same feeling in a different context can be disorienting and difficult to be with.

If you experience a headiness that bothers you sometimes, there are things you can do to help yourself.  Here are some of them:

1.  Breathe deeply.  Bring your attention to your breath and notice it coming into the body, and out of the body.  Notice your tummy moving as you breathe, perhaps put a hand to it and be aware of the movement as you breathe.  You may notice your attention moving back up into your head, if so, gently bring it back to your breathe each time it wanders.

2.  Do something physical.  Throw and catch a ball.  Do something that asks for your focus now to bring you into your body.

3.  Notice 3 things you can see. Then 3 things you can hear. Then 3 things you can physically feel. Notice what you can smell. And what you can taste. Coming back to your senses is a powerful way of reducing headiness.

4.  Use a grounding breath.  The Huna people, native to Hawaii, recommend breathing in, then out, then pausing before you take the next in breathe to increase your sense of grounding.

We have many ways to influence our emotional state, these are just a few of them.  Why not experiment with your own experience to find out what works for you?

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