The Power of Earthing in Child Development
Growing up in this new decade, your kids—no matter their age—have a huge amount of things that they can do.
The juggernaut is technology.
As technology has gotten better and more advanced, it offers plenty of distractions for your children. Gamers have a plethora of games that they can access, whether it is on a console, tablet, or mobile phone. For your older kids, the Internet offers plenty of opportunities to watch the latest viral video or chat with friends over social media. Even for your children who use the Internet to pursue their passions or curiosities, it can be addicting to constantly surf the web to get better at a hobby or passion.
It is hard to argue against the position that technology has generally made our lives better. But having said this, technology and other indoor distractions have changed the way that kids grow up. Not surprisingly, kids are spending much more time indoors than outdoors.
This increased indoor time has consequences. Namely, when kids sit inside all day and play video games, they forego some of the key advantages of being outside. The clear one is exercise, but there is another significant advantage that kids (and adults) can get from the outdoors. It is called Earthing and it is critical for your kids’ growth, development, and happiness.
If you haven’t yet heard of Earthing, it is helpful to take some time to learn what it is and why it is so valuable.
Essentially, the foundational principle behind Earthing is that we as humans are part of and belong to Nature. Even though we may live indoors and enjoy the benefits of modern society, we as humans still have our roots in the earth.
Earthing, therefore, is the process of connecting our primeval selves back to our planet. It all comes down to using our feet or hands to make direct contact with the surface of the Earth. The Earth underfoot provides us with many things we take for granted. It gives us food and water, a surface to sit, walk, or stand on, and an eternal, natural, and gentle energy.
The simple fact of the matter is that when we are disconnected from the Earth, we feel tired and fatigued. Having our feet connect with non-natural materials (like carpet and tile) is subconsciously exhausting. We feel unhappy and unhealthy because it is our natural state. By contrast, when we are outdoors and making direct contact with the Earth’s surface, we start to feel better. We receive a charge of energy that makes us feel faster, better, and happier.
To learn more about Earthing itself, you can check out a comprehensive FAQ page by clicking here. The bottom line? By leveraging the electrical impulses from the Earth, Earthing lets you go back and time and connect with your real, natural self.
The Importance of Earthing for Children
Considering the above, you can see why I believe that Earthing is so critical for children in today’s day and age. Earthing not only helps children get happier and connect to their primeval selves today, but it sets an important precedent as they age. That precedent is the fact that we belong in Nature and that it can heal many of the issues that we are experiencing.
Even if your kids don’t understand the basic premise behind Earthing, nothing is stopping them from obtaining the benefits. According to Earthing experts, direct contact with the Earth can help address symptoms like anxiety, chronic fatigue, sleep issues, depression, and more. Along with this, your kids can obtain the dual benefit of exercise. Getting out of the building and playing outside unlocks the benefits of earthing and being active.
Ultimately, Earthing can be useful in a variety of situations. For instance, if you are starting to notice that your child has been feeling down or sad in the past few weeks, you may want to encourage your child to get outside. Luckily, there is no one “right” or “wrong” way to experience the benefits of Earthing. You don’t have to necessarily teach your children anything. That said, there are several different examples of ways for your children to experience these benefits.
First, they can simply go barefoot outside. Your child can sit, stand, walk, or run on surfaces like soil, grass, sand, gravel, and rock. Once again, it doesn’t necessarily matter what your child is doing. He or she can be relaxing or can be more active. Whatever she selects, she will get the benefits of Earthing by making contact with these surfaces.
If your child is more aquatically inclined, she can get these benefits by swimming. Having said that, swimming in your above or below-ground pool isn’t going to be enough. Instead, she will need to swim in a lake, river, or ocean. As with all swimming activities, ensure that your child is a good swimmer and isn’t swimming alone.
In terms of timing, try to have your child participate in some Earthing activity for at least thirty minutes per day. You may find this challenging on some days—especially if your child is busy with school and after-school activities. Nonetheless, your goal should be to make Earthing a daily practice. If you absolutely cannot fit in an Earthing session on certain days throughout the week, you may also want to consider some indoor Earthing products. While you are foregoing some of the other advantages of Earthing (namely, time outdoors and potential exercise), it is better than nothing.
Embrace Earthing Today
Earthing can be just the thing your child needs to live a happier and healthier life. The simple fact of the matter is that technology and other indoor distractions make it all too easy to stay indoors. Yes, technology creates a long list of benefits in our lives, but it does so at the expense of spending time outdoors.
Whether you have a toddler or teenager, I highly suggest that they develop a daily Earthing practice. To put it simply, the benefits substantially outweigh the costs.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t hesitate to get started today.