Our resident psychologist and life coach, Angela Grace, is back again to talk about the link between a healthy body and a healthy brain!
Congratulations to authorgenta for her winning submission to the Healthy Brain $25.00 contest! Here is her suggestion for getting a healthier brain:
I’m a strong believer in digging your toes into the dirt and wriggling them around. I consider it ‘grounding’ myself in nature, and while it is very good for the head and heart, it doesn’t do too much for the inner writer straining to create. So I switch things up by gardening, except that I just HATE weeding, which means the flowers fight with the odd looking things I try to convince people are volunteer lettuce springing up between them.
Enter the hula hoe (and yes, it is actually called that although there are no knees or grass skirts swaying) and swinging from the shoulder. I end up with a hacked up rose garden, sore shoulders, and a wife who views the suspect salad on her plate with the evil eye. By the time I peel off the gardening gloves I’ve worn for hours, I might as well have dug my fingers in the dirt, because it apparently works its way into the gloves when I’m not looking. BUT – when nibbling my nails (instead of the salad, it really is rank), the dirt finally finds its way inside me, and ignites the spark to set words to paper. And it’s not bad as roughage, either.
A long standing belief is that grounding oneself with the earth and water makes for a healthier you. There is ongoing, convincing research indicating the need for human bodies to balance out the positive ions with negative ions because we are, for lack of a better term, electrical beings. Marine biologist Wallace Nichols has researched how water positively affects well being and psychologists have studied how simply having “blue space” (think lake, ocean), improves mental health.
We are surrounded by electricity which comes in many forms including computers, electrical plugs, wifi, TV’s, microwaves, hairdryers and cell phone chargers, etc. In order to reduce the electrical charge, positive ions, which our bodies take in from these sources, we need to be “grounded”. The earth and atmosphere provides negative ions for us through lightening strikes, waterfalls, lakes, sand and dirt which balance out the positive ions. Cement, but not asphalt, is also a grounding agent.
So, authorgenta, when you dig your toes into the dirt and wriggle them around, you are indeed taking steps toward a healthier self and healthier brain. You may want to take off those gardening gloves when working in the soil for added grounding. And, if you live by a body of water, take your sweetheart by the hand and go wading. Your body will appreciate it and your writer’s brain will, too.