I had this whole post set up in my head for today about Leonardo da Vinci (oooooo look at me getting all academic). That plan has had a temporary spanner put in the works by a sudden hypomanic spurt brought on yesterday evening by a social event.
I’ve been in a fairly anxious state for a week or two now with a bit of unsteadiness on my feet, which could be prodromal hypomania symptoms for me.
During the social event yesterday I found myself becoming more and more excitable, confident, grandiose and quick to spout out jokes. Afterwards I actually slept fine. But this morning my thoughts have been racing a-mile-a-minute round and round, making me giddy! I’ve been having all these ideas for posts that I can’t keep up with. I’ve felt an intense pressure to do things as quickly as possible in the most effective way- it almost becomes like a game where I challenge myself to do a certain task in a certain amount of time. I also felt a strong pressure coming from my solar plexus- almost to the point of a stomach ache.
I tried a few different methods to try to calm myself down as I couldn’t concentrate sufficiently to write my intended post. But nothing seemed to be working. So I rang my spiritual development teacher Dawn (she’s the one who prescribes me Bach Flower Remedies and is a total life saver!). She immediately recognised I wasn’t grounded. Grounding is a term used to describe the practice of directing the energy coursing in and around our bodies down to our feet and through the ground, often in the manner of roots growing out of our feet into the earth. Once grounded your body feels weighted to the ground and brings a feeling of security and steadiness.
I told her I’d repeatedly tried these grounding visualizations, but today they didn’t seem to be having an effect. She suggested trying out different methods to ground myself- and that sometimes we have to use a bit of trial and error to work out what is most effective for us.
So far I have been hoovering, listening to music, using grounding aromatherapy oils like patchouli, sitting crossed-legged on the floor and drawing. I’ve also taken Bach Flower Remedies Vervain and White Chestnut, as well as Rescue Remedy. It only took about 15-20 minutes for me to feel calmer and more rooted to the ground. My thoughts are still a little fast, but nowhere near as speedy as before- I can concentrate now. Only trouble is I’ve tried so much all at once that I don’t know which ones have worked the best!! :).
By taking the time to ground ourselves a few times everyday, we are putting ourselves in a strong position where it is much less likely that we will become hypomanic or plagued with anxiety and panic. So it really is worth trying out different activities to see what works for you!
For details on what it feels like to be ungrounded, and tips on how to ground yourself, please see the following fabulously informative article:
Other Interesting Articles on Grounding
Staying Safe (Grounding in relation to trauma- PTSD/BPD/Abuse)
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I didn’t know what ‘grounding’ meant until I worked with a massage therapist/healer a couple years ago. The concept was addressed again with my next massage therapist/yoga teacher. It’s such an important part of practicing mindfulness.
I like you can tell when I’m getting hypomanic…the flightiness, racing thoughts, so many ideas that have to be tried NOW, everything is NOW…no sense of setting priorities.
My therapist and I came up with a list of things for me to do when I start to feel this way. I am to choose ONE (because of course when hypomanic, more is better, all is best!). During the summer, it’s definitely going out to my garden in bare feet and pulling weeds. During the winter it’s a bath with tranquil scents. Almost all of the time I use lavender. It’s so calming to me. I use lots of aromatherapy. I am finding great success with meditation.
You’re so right about hypomania and things having to be done NOW, as soon as think of it, usually in the middle of something else which you immediately abandon! Also this concept of MORE!
The garden is great for grounding as you suggest and I totally love baths in the winter- I also find lavender wonderful. (Other favourites are Bergamot and Geranium when depressed.)
I’ve started to work on grounding in the last few years when I received a couple of comments (from my yoga teacher and also my reiki therapist) that my base chakra was quite cold- all my energy was up in my head. I researched it all on line. But I guess it’s only in the last couple of months that I’ve begun to take it more seriously and integrate it into my day just like any other routine, like brushing my teeth. I often find I have to ground (through visualization 3-4 times a day).
I lpve that you’re into the same things as me! Thanks so much for sharing!
I’m glad you’re feeling better!
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I had some similar symptoms at one point in my life. What worked for me was extended grounding and maditation sessions … About an hour long. The first 30 or so minutes my mind just wouldn’t slow down … with patience it eventually would though. I also used stones or items from the earth to assist in grounding; I’d match my energy to theirs and focus on grounding to that specific type of stone in the earth. It just seemed more specific to me. Mainly though, I’d just have to commit to continuing my session until my brain finally settled into a more peaceful state. 🙂 hope that helps!
* meditation … maditation doesn’t sound good at all!!! lol
Hi, thanks for that- it’s useful to know others have had similar experiences. I’ve also been using crystals- mainly hematite which I find grounds me quite quickly. Definitely feeling better today! Thanks for the tips xx
I’m so glad the Bach remedies work for you. They are so gentle for us sensitive types. I have a continuous floating sensation and slight (though sometimes not so slight) vertigo since my trauma which used to make me feel very ungrounded. In fact, I have been told that both are a form of dissociation–on some level, I prefer to be out of my body. I have desensitized myself to both now and that helps me to keep grounded. Also focusing on the reality of the moment. But when I do dissociate (out-of-body or don’t feel real feelings) or become really anxious, I use something that I’m not recommending that be used all the time or to harm oneself, but works FOR ME. I use pain. I have very tight shoulders and there is a spot on my shoulder that I touch that inflicts pain. Wham! I’m back on my body. Also eating really helps to ground me, though again not recommended as a daily solution because I have known people to overeat to stay grounded. But both work while in a pinch.
That actually sounds like a good idea- obviously as long as you’re not doing any damage. I have a a very tense neck and a saw spot there that I could do that with! Oh dear, we really are mad!
The dissociation- yeah, I think I do that too. My spiritual teacher says my soul is resistant to staying in this life!! It does feel like that sometimes! The soul kind of floats upwards towards the head and above- it doesn’t want to go all the way down to our feet leaving us ungrounded. I think this is so interesting! I know some people will be like that’s crazy talk, but it makes so much sense to me!
Thanks for your support on my blog Trish- always lovely to have your input.
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Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!
Thank you so much- I really appreciate the time you’ve spent on my blog! Especially coming from someone who’s been at Comic Con!! Me and my boyfriend are thinking of planning a big trip out there for it in a few years! Very excited to see Dark Knight Rises on Saturday and Amazing Spiderman tonight! Wooo Hoo!!
I’ll definitely come spend some time on your blog too!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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