Well, I didn’t do push-ups or crunches last night (having just eaten in a subconscious attempt to ground), but simply acknowledging what was making me feel off helped a great deal. I realized that I had been doing all sorts of subconscious things to try to ground myself, though none of them were helping. I also realized the headaches I’ve been experiencing for the past week and a half or so are also probably related to not grounding. As is my feeling completely exhausted and needing frequent naps. It sounds a bit antithetical perhaps, but having too much energy can actually make you exhausted.
I am a very physical person and always have been. When I was little and upset about something, my mom always had to remind me to go pound it out on the piano for a while, go jump on my trampoline, go do gymnastics in the yard. I always felt better. In one of my first courses in grad school, we went around and discussed when we felt most alive. My response: right after kickboxing class. No matter what is going on in my life, how much stress I am under, if I can get some sort of heavy duty physical activity in, I always feel better. For me, it’s one of the most powerful ways to ground.
So today, my brain is not a bunch of muckity-muck (thank Goddess), and I finished writing one paper at this point. I still have another one to go, but I’m feeling a bit more optimistic about it. Happy Saturday!