Do you feel that? Spring is in the air! I for one am pumped for it!
It can be quite depressing living in a cold area that receives a lot of snow in the winter. We welcome the spring with open arms! The grass miraculously come back to life, leaves start to sprout on trees, other plants begin to bloom, and geese and other wildlife start making their way up North!
If you’ve barricaded yourself inside all winter long, you are overdue for some much needed earthing activities. What the heck is earthing you may ask? I’m not a professional – but earthing is basically connecting yourself back to the earth to obtain its natural energies. Instead of Vitamin D – it’s Vitamin G for ground, maybe? But, this is often done barefoot!
If you aren’t a fan of running around barefoot, I’m pro just checking back in with what Mother Nature gave us. Here’s my list if you want a quick way to recharge your batteries, fight your way out of a funk, get outside and start earthing!
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1. Trying Earthing On A FARM
Visiting a farm especially during the springtime can be a game changer. Hello cute, baby farm animals! We are fortunate enough to where our parents are only a few hours away across the state and still live in farming communities. My parents raise chickens and other animals. If I didn’t live in a city, I would totally raise chickens as well! I love getting sent home with a gallon bucket of fresh farm eggs each time we visit.
Bonus of visiting a farm: you don’t have to have the awkward “how are babies born” conversation with your kid. They can pretty much see it in action. And when they ask why, you can start filling in the blanks. “You see son, when a Rooster and a Hen love each other very much…” This conversation goes much easier using animals rather than humans. So, when your kid eventually asks how babies are born, you can easily reply, “Remember those chickens in the spring? Same thing for mommies and daddies.”
They’ll get it.
If you live in a city, find a local farm in your area. We did as well. Often times they offer activities such as sleigh rides in the winter and even host pig catching events. I know what you are thinking…you got a want it. Bring extra clothes. Earthing at it’s finest in a muddy pig pen!
2. Fly A Kite
Flying a kite may take some skill required. At least it does for me anyway! However, there is something pretty uplifting about finally being able to get that sucker up in the air. “See ya’ll?! It only took me an hour but I finally did it on my own! If you aren’t a pro-kite flyer, they are a pretty cheap activity ranging from about $10 – $20.
We’ve only bought the cheap kites, or received as gifts in lieu of candy in our Easter baskets. Yes, we are in our 30s and still get Easter baskets from our parents. I will complain if the tradition of Easter baskets ever discontinues. And you bet I will continue it for my kid whether or not he likes it when he’s in his 30s.
3. Visit A Natural Hot Springs
Twice in my life I have experienced a natural hot spring. It’s loaded with mineral water and it makes your skin feel so smooth! Once in my teenage years, we heard about a trail near a cave, that led down to a cool underground spring. We trespassed to get there (not recommended, this was during my younger, thrill seeking years). And jumped in. The light from the sun still beamed in the cave and lit up the crystal clear water below. Even though it was cold outside, the water was an amazing room temp and it was one of the best experiences I had.
I would encourage reading reviews before you venture into your cave or hot spring. I think the grottos at the playboy mansion were supposed to be natural flowing. However, you may likely catch something that’s not easily treatable or curable if you swim in playboy bunny water that’s worse than the bacteria that forms Legionnaire’s disease. #Gross #NotRecommended.
4. Camping, Hiking and Crystal Digging?
Try roughing it one night and go camping to get your earthing game on. If you don’t have a built up camping supply (tent, cooking supplies, safety equipment, air mattress <– oops, did that just defeat the purpose of earthing?), it can get a little spendy to buy all of this stuff at once. I recommend camping with friends or family first to see if you want to invest in this activity and purchase from sporting good stores, ebay or your local rummage sales.
After spending a week in Montana on vacation last year, Mr. DS recommends hiking and crystal digging as excellent earthing activities. It was a cool experience to get “lost” in the mountains and for fun they tried to dig up crystals. Which, apparently is a great side hustle if you want to turn it into jewelry and sell on Etsy.
I can’t emphasize safety enough though. You are venturing off into the wild, and it isn’t your territory. There’s lions, and tigers and bears – oh my! Well, maybe not lions and tigers in the mountains, but bears and mountain lions. I know my friend who lives on 12 acres near a wilderness reserve, runs with bear spray, and her 6 dogs. I’ve lost count how many times she’s run directly onto the path of a bear. Luckily, she hasn’t had to use her bear spray as her dogs bark loud enough to deter the bears from taking her pack on.
Yeah, running in bear wilderness country isn’t quite my earthing. I’ll stick to improving my kite flying abilities
It’s Up To You!
These are just a few of the random ideas we’ve had or done to get outdoors and try earthing. The choice is yours whether or not you want to stay inside, or if you want to try and recharge your batteries and gain a new natural energy from earthing.
For me, staying grounded (literally, with the ground) is a great way to keep my positive energy. I should add it to list of my self care activities and other ways to de-stress. Overall, earthing activities improve my outlook on life.
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