Delicious Autoimmune Paleo Ice Cream Recipes

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Just because you're following the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet, doesn't mean you can't have a delicious cool treat!  We've put together some of our favourite AIP-friendly ice cream recipes, all dairy-free.

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Strawberry Basil Balsamic Ice Cream // A Clean Plate

This unique, artisan inspired ice cream flavour combines strawberries with basil and balsamic for an ice cream that is delicious and not overly sweet.

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Strawberry Ice Cream // Rally Pure

Classic strawberry ice cream is made autoimmune paleo compliant and vegan as its made with coconut milk and sweetened naturally with maple syrup.

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No Churn Mango Turmeric Ice Cream // Unbound Wellness

No ice cream maker? No problem!  This mango ice cream is made without an ice cream maker, and is laced with anti-inflammatory turmeric for a cool treat.

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Mint "Chocolate" Chip Ice Cream // Rally Pure

Made with avocado or spinach for that added green flavour (and bonus nutrients), this ice cream recipe also includes instructions for carob chips for that AIP-friendly chocolate flavour.

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Chai Coconut Ice Cream // Nourished Kitchen

Vanilla and spices combine to make this ice cream that is like a comforting cup of chai - only in frozen form.

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Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream // Pure & Simple Nourishment

Take advantage of summer's fresh berries with this coconut ice cream, featuring blueberries and blackberries.

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream // AIP Lifestyle

This super creamy ice cream is made with coconut milk and coconut manna, with a yummy salted caramel flavour.

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Black Plum Ice Cream // A Clean Plate

If you've got a plum tree or find a great deal on plums, you can't miss out on this ice cream!

Best Essential Oils for Summer

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Whether you're looking for an energizing oil, needing a little extra zen, or looking for something to deal with common summer ailments, these essential oils are great options to have on hand.

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Peppermint

Peppermint is a naturally cooling and refreshing oil, making it a great go-to for summer!  It's also energizing, and can be great for relieving sore muscles as well.

Try it:  Mix water and a couple of drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle to make a cooling body mist, or swipe on some of Red Lemon's Mint-Grapefruit Tinted Lip Balm.

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Lavender

We love lavender all-year round, as its calming and stress-relieving properties are always welcome.  But, lavender is also a great treatment for cuts and insect bites.

Try it: Diffuse lavender for relaxing benefits, or use the power of lavender in Twinkle Apothecary's Bug Away Spray.

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Eucalyptus

Helpful for relieving allergies and insect bites, and also a natural energy booster and muscle pain reliever, eucalyptus is a fresh scent that's awesome for summer.

Try it: Rub in Lo and Behold Natural's Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Hand and Foot Salve or add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to your shower floor for a DIY steam shower. 

Cypress

This earthy, clean-scented oil is great for summer and is awesome for treating muscle aches and cramps, making it an essential.

Try it: Get a natural energy boost with  Good Common Sense THE HARE Essential Oil Roller Bottle or add a couple of drops to your facial toner to reap cypress's oil-balancing properties.

 

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Rosemary

A stimulating oil, rosemary is equal parts energizing and relaxing, making it a great essential. It's also awesome for soothing skin, headaches, and muscle aches and pains.

Try it: Add a couple drop of rosemary essential oil to your bath water or try Nootka & Sea's Rosemary Hair & Scalp Tonic

Spearmint

Milder than peppermint, spearmint is refreshing, uplifting, and great for boosting mood and focus.  It's also helpful for digestive ailments.

Try it: Cleanse with Coast & Clearing's Sage & Spearmint Cold Process Soap or add a drop of spearmint essential oil to a carrier oil, and use it to massage your abdomen.

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Basil

In addition to being cooling, basil is helpful for reducing muscle tension and is both relaxing and energizing.

Try it: Cleanse with 7 Chakras Soap Basil and Mint Whipped Soap or add a drop of basil oil to a carrier oil and apply it to the back of your neck to help with tension headaches.

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Grapefruit

Invigorating and uplifting, grapefruit's citrus scent is perfect for summer. It's also naturally antibacterial, making it great for skin (just be sure to avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after application as it can make skin more sensitive to the sun).

Try it: Boost your shower with   Is it Bathtime Yet?'s Pink Grapefruit Shower Steamers or try adding a drop of grapefruit essential oil to your wrists to benefit from its mood-boosting properties.

Wild Orange

Sweet and fresh, wild orange is uplifting and purifying, making it a great go-to oil, especially in the summer. 

Try it: Diffuse some wild orange oil or chill out with Sudsatorium's Night of the Bed Bubble Bath

Tea Tree

A natural antibacterial, tea tree oil is a great one to have in your arsenal.  It can also be helpful for healing skin, improving dry scalp, and fighting skin conditions.

Try it: Moisturize your scalp with Bestowed Essential's Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Shampoo Bar or add tea tree oil to jojoba or avocado oil, and use it to moisturize your cuticles.

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Roman Chamomile

A calming scent, chamomile is perfect for relaxing, and is especially great at bedtime.  It can also be soothing for the skin.

Try it: Unwind with Kismet Essential's Day Dreamer Relaxing Mist Spray or place a couple of drops in your hands, rub them together, and inhale when you need a moment of calm.

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Geranium

With a sweet, floral scent, geranium is a grounding oil that can be helpful in reducing stress.  It's also a great oil for skin and hair.

Try it: Add one or two drops of geranium oil to your facial moisturizer or treat your whole body with Wild Jasmine's Floral Gardens Body Oil

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Lemon

With a clean and fresh scent, lemon is a a great multipurpose oil that is useful for cleaning, aiding digestion and more.

Try it: Add a drop of a food grade lemon essential oil to a glass of water to aid with digestion, or get cleansed with EcoDerma's Lemon Body Scrub

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Ginger

A warming oil, ginger is great for stimulating and balancing.  It's also a great oil for digestion. 

Try it: Burn Canvas Candle Co.'s Sweet Georgia Candle for an extra mood boost, or try creating a massage oil with ginger. 

 

The Perfect DIYs for A Summer Spa at Home

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Whether you're looking for an awesome summer scented body scrub, a relaxing face mask, or a soothing bath soak, we've got you covered with these DIY bath and body products.

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Blueberry Lemon Scrub // Dear Crissy

Blueberry and lemon is an awesome summer scent combination, and this sugar scrub is great for sloughing away dry skin to reveal smooth, renewed skin underneath.

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Pressed Flower Bath Melts // Mary Makes Good

How gorgeous are these bath melts?! With shea butter, coconut oil, and various essential oils, they'll leave your skin silky smooth.

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Foot Bath with Essential Oils // Country Hill Cottage

Our feet can take a real beating during the summer, and a foot bath is a great way to show them a little extra love.  Epson salt helps to calm any inflammation, and the combination of tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, and lime essential oils is cooling and refreshing.

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Key Lime Sugar Scrub Bars // Life N Reflection

Sugar and natural goat's milk soap cleanse skin while coconut oil and vitamin E oil provide much-needed hydration in these deliciously scented scrub bars.

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Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub // Suburban Simplicity

Inspired by one of our favourite summertime drinks, this sugar scrub will leave your skin smooth, soft, and fresh.

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Aloe Green Tea Face Scrub // Sweet Simple Living

This scrub is super exfoliating but, thanks to coconut oil and aloe, it's super moisturizing at the same time.  The green tea is also great for clarifying skin.

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Mojito Bath Salts // Crazy Inspired Life

Relieve sore muscles and boost your mood with these mojito-inspired bath salts, made with lime, peppermint, and vanilla essential oils.

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Strawberry Sugar Scrub // Mommy Musings

This yummy scented sugar scrub is all natural, and smells good enough to eat!  Coconut oil, strawberries, and vanilla are the stars of this sweet scrub.

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Matcha Cucumber Mint Face Mask // Kale and Caramel

This antioxidant-rich mask tones and tightens skin, while also minimizing pores, making it the perfect facial mask for summer.

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Energizing Green Tea Eye Mask // Catching Seeds

With only three ingredients, this mask is super easy to make, and works to depuff the eye area and reduce undereye circles.  Place the mask in the friedge before applying for a refreshing treat.

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Homemade Eye Masks // HEDONISTIT

With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cooling ingredients, these homemade eye mask pads are stored in the freezer for whenever you need to take 15 minutes for you.

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DIY Detoxifying Lemon and Charcoal Body Scrub // Let's Live Lively

Activated charcoal and lemon are both detoxifying ingredients, making them great for clarifying your skin while also treating any breakouts you might have on your body.

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Mermaid Face Mask // Cream and Honey

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants from honey and spirulina, this mask also has banana for added hydration.

7 Wisdom-Filled Harry Potter Quotes

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is filled with many life lessons, and plenty of memorable quotes, too.  Here are some great words of wisdom from various books.

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"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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"I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’ An’ he was right.” - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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"No good sitting worrying about it. What's coming will come, and we'll meet it when it does" - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live". - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

15 Self-Care Ideas for Summer

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While self-care is important all-year round, we love switching things up with some new seasonal ideas to add to your self-care routine.  With longer days, summer is a great time to re-prioritize your self-care. 

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Visit the Water

Water is inherently soothing.  Whether it's a trip to the beach, visiting a local lake or river, or just spending some time in your bathtub, water is pretty much an essential for a summer of self-care.

Use Refreshing Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that can be wonderfully cooling and soothing to hot skin.  Peppermint, cypress, sweet marjoran, lemon, and grapefruit are all great choices, and can be diffused or added to bath and body products.  Bonus: they're all naturally uplifting, which is great for the summer.

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Play Outside

Summer is the perfect time to try new outdoor activities - or take advantage of the nice weather for ones you already love! Try kayaking, tennis, or bocce ball.

Nourish Your Body with Cooling Foods

Embracing seasonal foods is something we love!  In summer, it just so happens that many of these foods are naturally cooling and hydrating.  Enjoy watermelon, cucumber, tomato, and pineapple.

Practice Yoga

When it's warm outside, stretching and practicing yoga can be even easier, because your muscles are already warmed up.  Plus, it's a great way to practice mindful movement.  Beach yoga, anyone?

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Go Stargazing

With warmer nights and often many opportunities to see shooting stars, stargazing a great way to spend a summer evening.  Bonus points if its a location away from any city lights.

Make a Summer Playlist

No matter what your energy levels, a playlist is a great way to set the mood.  Opt for something beachy, your favourite songs of the summer, or relax with our Summer Chill Playlist.

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Hydrate Your Body

Though its a less glamorous part of self-care, staying hydrated is still important!  Make it more fun by infusing your water with fruit and herbs, or opt for unsweetened herbal iced tea.  Noshing on water-rich fruits and veggies like berries, cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe is great, too.

Protect Your Skin

Though protecting your skin is important all year round, it's especially important during the summer.  Be sure to use an SPF sunscreen and don't forget a lip balm, too!  Refreshing your skin with antioxidant-rich products and cooling mists are great to help ensure your skin stays hydrated, too.

Wear Clothes That Make Your Feel Comfortable and Confident

With summer, comes less and less clothing as well as swimsuits.  Make sure that you're wearing the clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, and get rid of the ones that don't!

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Choose Guilty Pleasure Beach Reads

Light, easy reads are perfect for summer days!  Whether it's chick lit, YA, humour, or a magazine, make sure to get in a good read this season.

Celebrate What Your Body Can Do

If you're dealing with chronic illness or mental health issues, it can be really easy to compare what you'd like to do versus what you can do.  Make sure to enjoy the things that you can, even if they might look a little different.

Enjoy Your Local Library

With free air conditioning, comfy seating, and wi-fi, your local library can be a great hangout spot for summer.  There are often special events during the summer, like summer reading clubs, to take advantage of, too.

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Embrace Your Inner Child

There's something inherently playful about summer, so why not do what you used to love as a kid?  Whether it's running in the sprinkler, enjoying ice cream, or blowing bubbles, make time to have a little fun.

Do Nothing

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that you have to be on-the-go or outdoors all the time.  Making time to do absolutely nothing can be a wonderful act of self-care.

 

 

 

Feel-Good Movies for When You Need a Pick-Me-Up

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Whether you're looking for laughs, a feel-good message, or some comforting nostalgia, this selection of movies is great for when you need a little mood brightening.

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Chef

After quitting his job at a successful restaurant, Chef Carl Casper opens a food truck with his son, friend, and ex-wife, rediscovering his passion.

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Paddington

This charming story features the orphan bear Paddington, who is taken in by the Brown family in this movie which is sure to bring up feelings of nostalgia.

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Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story, Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who is trying to improve his life for himself and his 5-year old son. While homeless, Chris goes through an unpaid stock broker internship in this inspiring story about overcoming the odds.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox has the animals working together against the farmers who are determined to catch Mr. Fox.  Along with a great message, this film is wonderfully witty.

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Groundhog Day

Played by Bill Murray, Phil is a weatherman who is suddenly stuck in the trap of living the same day over and over again in this sentimental comedy.

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Singin' in the Rain

When you're looking for a good musical to brighten your mood, Singin' in the Rain is an essential.  With Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, there's plenty of uplifting song and dance routines.

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Little Miss Sunshine

Though this dysfunctional family might not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for a feel-good movie, there's something special about the message that there's comedy in everything and that, by being yourself, everything will work out just fine.

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Begin Again

This charming movie has a struggling singer and a failing executive forming an unlikely relationship and a collaboration that celebrates being authentic.

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Legally Blonde

This light, silly comedy features the bubbly Elle Woods and is really uplifting and bright.

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About Time

This romantic comedy follows the story of Tim Lake, who discovers that he has the unusual gift of being able to travel through time.  He tries to get a girlfriend use his power to change his life, but ultimately discovers that time travel doesn't change what really matters.

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La La Land

Drawn together by similar ambitions, La La Land brings together Emma Stone and Ryan Gostling in this uplifting musical.

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Pitch Perfect

With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect has the all- girls'  a cappella singing group competing to regain their position in this fun movie filled with plenty of pop tunes.

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School of Rock

Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black, becomes an substitute teacher at a strict school after being kicked out of a rock band, only to start his own with the students. 

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Love Actually

Though it's a Christmas movie, Love Actually is wonderfully uplifting anytime of year.  With an ensemble cast, it tells ten different stories of love, finally linking everything all together at the end.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This lighthearted film is all about a teenager determined to have an amazing day off from school, but they find what really matters in the end: enjoying life as it is.

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Clueless

Filled with optimism and lighthearted humour, Clueless is sure to bring a smile to your face - if even for the '90s nostalgia alone.

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Harry Potter

It's easy to get swept up into the magic of Harry Potter, but it's also filled with lovable characters, different displays of bravery, and the message of true friendship being able to carry you through anything.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin Williams is excellent in this role of dressing up as a nanny to see his children, whom he lost custody of in a divorce.  Though there's a few sentimental moments, this movie is filled with plenty of laughs.

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Pride and Prejudice

While this story is likely familiar, its the cast of Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen that really make this movie something special, and inspire a message of love and acceptance.

 

 

 

Summer Chill Playlist

 

 

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Chill out with the playlist filled with vibe-y, relaxing summer tunes.

 

Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Waves (Robin Schulz Remix Radio Edit) - Mr. Probz

Cruise - Florida Georgia Line

Summer - Imagine Dragons

Summer Guest - Asegair

West Coast - Lana Del Ray

The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Miss Magnolia - Matt Costa

Stolen Dance - Milky Chance

Great Summer - Vance Joy

Summer Skin - Death Cab for Cutie

Strawberry Fields Forever - Ben Harper

Cherry Wine - Hozier

She's On My Mind (Acoustic) - JP Cooper

Summertime - The Head and the Heart

Arms - The Paper Kites

Belly of June - Horse Feathers

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Craig Cardiff

Dogs - Damien Rice

Islands - The xx

In the Summertime - Shaggy

Wild Love (Acoustic) -James Bay

A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky - AWKWARD i

Night Train - Amos Lee

These Waters - Ben Howard

Resolution - Matt Corby

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Grounding Exercises to Ease Anxiety and Stress

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Grounding is a way to help bring you back to the present, and can be helpful when you're dealing with stress or anxiety.  Try these exercises to find what helps make you feel the most grounded.

Walking

Walking is a simple activity that can help bring you back to the present moment.  As you walk, really focus on the feeling of your feet against the ground, and take in the sounds and sights of what's around you.  

Mindful Shower

Water can be wonderful for helping with grounding, which is why practicing mindfulness in the shower is a great option.  Be sure to leave any electronics outside the bathroom so you aren't distracted, and really focus on the sensations of the water hitting your skin and the process of cleaning your body.  Pay attention to the sounds of the water.

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Warm Drink

Warm drinks can be fantastically soothing and a great way to ground yourself.  Make yourself a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate, and really focus on the sensation of the mug in your hands and the feeling of warmth as you sip.

 

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Gardening

Using your hands and digging in the earth can be super grounding, plus you're also exposed to being in nature.  What's more is that the process of growing something can be great for your mental health.  If you're unable to have your own garden, even taking care of indoor plants can be beneficial.

Body Scan

A body scan meditation allows you to focus on all the different sensations and feelings in the different areas of your body, bringing you back into your body.  We recommended following a guided body scan like Body Scan Meditation from Stop Think and Breathe or Yoga By Candace's 5-Minute Body Scan Meditation.

 

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Barefoot Grounding

Also known as earthing, standing barefoot on the ground can help you feel more connected.  Try slipping your shoes off and walking through your backyard or at a local beach, really paying attention to the sensations on your feet and anchoring all four portions of your feel into the ground.  

Categories Game

Mental "games" can also be helpful for bringing your awareness back to the present. Choose a category like food, countries, or animals and go through each letter of the alphabet, trying to identify an item from that category that starts with each letter.  

Progressive Muscular Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is a way to help release all the tension from your muscles, bringing your body down.  To begin, systematically squeeze a muscle in your body hard for 5 seconds, and then allow it to release. Work from your lower limbs, up through your upper body, and into your face. 

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Journaling

Though it can be overwhelming when you're feeling anxious, if you're able to, journaling can be a great way to help you feel more grounded.  Try starting with a simple stream of consciousness, where you write down anything and everything that comes to mind.

5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise

This simple exercise is designed to help bring your attention back to the present moment.  Start by naming 5 things you can see around you, followed by 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.  This helps you to become more aware of what is happening around you, and can help you to feel more grounded.