It is a well-known fact that grounding leads to mindfulness by bringing us close to mother nature. And mindfulness is associated with keeping mental health in check by reducing stress and anxiety levels. Although there are various techniques to practice grounding, let’s discuss it in the context of art. In this article, we shall be discussing some of the creative art forms that can be used to practice grounding.
Pottery is one of the medieval forms of art practiced around the world using different techniques and methods. Since pottery involves the usage of clay with bare hands, sprinkles of water, and air to dry it off, it is considered to be a mindful practice that connects with the elements of the earth. Pottery is an interesting and creative technique to indulge in grounding, which can also be taken up as a hobby by people belonging to every age group. When we practice this form of art, we tend to disconnect from the outside world and start focussing on creativity, which results in acceptance and awareness.
Painting is another art form that is used as a grounding technique that can help extensively to keep our mental balance in check. The art form helps to bring out one’s creativity and keeps obsessive thoughts at bay. You can make use of different objects like empty containers, leaves, stones, and phone covers other than sheets of paper to paint.
Doodling is free-hand drawing without worrying much about perfection, so you can start scribbling whatever comes to your mind. You can also make use of crayons along with pens and pencils to draw out your thoughts onto the canvas. Doodling or drawing is often referred to as ‘art therapy’ and is known to help get rid of anxious thoughts, practice grounding and be more mindful. It not only brings out the imagination and creativity but also helps to manage mental health.
Journaling involves writing or drawing down one’s inner feelings, thoughts, experiences, and ideas on a sheet of paper. If you are confused about how to start, simply grab a sheet of paper and a pencil and start writing/drawing whatever comes to your mind. Journaling as a technique helps in practicing grounding, makes you aware of all the good things in life, allows you to be creative, and keeps track of all your experiences. Make sure to stay consistent and do not worry about perfection because the feeling can be a little messy too.
Our environment comprises of most amazing and beautifully designed elements. You can make the most of it by taking your art outside. Make collages out of found items like sticks, flowers, and leaves. You can also make temporary art out of rocks, sand, mud, or other materials. Another idea is to make your own paints using materials you find in nature and make your own paintbrushes using things like leaves and twigs.
You can also choose your preferred creative techniques other than those stated above to practice grounding. We hope that this article was motivating enough to introduce our readers to the world of grounding and mental balance.