6 ways to practice grounding & connect with your body

This post was originally published at Recovery Warriors — just click the image above or the link at the bottom to read the full post at the Recovery Warriors website. 

I am passionate about mind + body integration not just for eating disorder recovery, but for everyone. Just as shallow materialism is not a healthy balance (too much focus on physical appearance and possessions), neither is intellectualism (too much focus on cognitive realm and analysis.)

Being “embodied” means living as the whole person that you are, where mind, body, and spirit are a connected, collaborative system.

As you’re learning to reconnect with your body, it will be helpful to use specific practices (exercises) that promote physical grounding. Once you are more practiced, often all it takes is a conscious decision to be more fully present in your body. But you first have to be mindful enough to recognize when you’re NOT present and connected.

With this in mind, I’ve listed 6 simple grounding techniques that will help you reconnect with your body.

To read about them at the full post, click through to view it over at Recovery Warriors. 

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.