SELF-CARE ACT#133

walk barefoot

CATEGORY

Physical

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TIME

as much as you want (can)

BUDGET

Zero

Would you believe me if I told you that walking barefoot has many benefits on your health ?

Or would you think I’m trying to influence you to do weird stuff to keep me company on Crazyland?

Well my friends, you have to believe me. The Center for complimentary medicine of the NIH, one of the most prestigious research centers in the world, has published in it’s journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, many studies that lists the multiple benefits of Earthing.

Yes, you heard me! Walking barefoot has a name: it’s called Earthing or Grounding.

The concept is super simple: you take your shoes off and walk on the ground, dirt, grass or rock. Anything that’s natural and comes directly from the earth.

Here are some of the few benefits of this hippie-like activity:

  • The earth has free electrons. When you walk on it, your body absorbs them through the soles of your feet. This energetic circulation between the earth and your body allows you to be on the same electrical rhythm, improving your biological clock, thus regulating your sleep and activity. How great is that my friends?

  • These free electrons from the earth also neutralize the positive charge in your body, reducing the risks of chronic inflammations.

  • Earthing also has beneficial effects on various cardiovascular risk factors: the more you walk barefoot, the less likely you are to experience cardiovascular events.

  • It helps you develop and increase your senses also: the feet are a highly sensitive area and have highly sensitive pressure points and nerves. When you wear shoes, many of them are not stimulated. Walking barefoot is good way to reactivate them (as acupressure or acupuncture does).

  • Earthing strengthens your ankles, feet and toes and helps you get a greater balance and improved posture.

  • And now, one last benefit, and this one is for those who like enjoying a nap under a little sunshine outside, like me: connecting your body to the earth while you’re sleeping normalizes your cortisol rhythm and improves the quality of your sleep.

Now that I’ve told you all I learnt this afternoon while I was writing my post, let me tell you why I walked barefoot yesterday.

I did it because I like it. I like feeling the ground under my feet. And I like the scrub and the gentle (and free) massage I get.

Moral of the story: always do what feels right, even if you don’t know why.

You’ll figure it out later.

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  There are many health benefits to walking barefoot (listed in the post at your right) but I’ll keep just one: it’s super pleasant. There is as much difference between walking barefoot and with your shoes as there is between getting an oil massage with your clothes or directly on your skin. No way the sensations are the same.

MORE ABOUT THIS

If you try this self-care act, be careful: walk on surfaces that are safe for you. And look at what’s on the floor. Yesterday, there was a broken glass bottle on my way and I almost stepped on it.

What I enjoyed very much is walking on different surfaces: gravel, dirt… I didn’t walk on the earth for the whole time because there are cement sidewalks in my neighborhood. But it made the walk even more pleasant. Because every time I stepped on something natural, I could really tell the difference. The best one? The grass! It is so gooooooooood. You have to try it.

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