Wellness Now: Your Oasis in a Hectic Day
On my way out the door to fill my bird feeders, I noticed how green the grass is (thanks to the endless rain we've had this spring). Yippee, barefoot season is back! I kicked off my sandals and walked outside barefoot...relishing the feeling of the soft grass beneath my soles and between my toes.

Walking barefoot outdoors (also referred to as "grounding" or "earthing") provides many health benefits. So leave your shoes inside and get your fine self outside for a walk. Stuck indoors? Try the next best thing: close your eyes and visualize walking slowly on a verdant carpet of grass. Imagine feeling the warm grass beneath your feet. This simple visualization can be as effective as the real thing (well, almost!).
May you be well,
Olivia (aka, Ohm)
Relaxation Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Author 👣

Benefits of Barefootin'
  • Promotes grounding. The earth has a negative ionic charge; being barefoot grounds our bodies to that charge. Negative ions can reduce inflammation, detoxify, have a calming effect and make us feel better. (We get lots of negative ions by the water so no wonder being barefoot at the beach feels like nirvana!)
  • Decreases anxiety & depression. Walking barefoot increases levels of those feel-good endorphins (aka, the happy hormones!).
  • Increases awareness. When walking barefoot, you have to pay attention to where you walk to avoid stepping on rocks, thorns or sharp objects. This helps quiet inner chatter, clears the mind, and plants you firmly in the present moment.
  • Supports foot health. Walking barefoot strengthens and stretches the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury and is beneficial for flat feet.
  • Connects us to nature. Walking barefoot outside is truly a whole body experience! Feel the sunshine on your face, hear the rustling leaves, smell the lilacs. Celebrate the vital connection to Mother Nature.
Romeo totally digs being barefoot (or in his case, barepaw). Good thing, too, since putting on four shoes would surely delay getting out the door for walkies!
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"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug."
– Helen Keller