Take your shoes and socks off and feel the cold blades of grass on your feet or the sand on the beach between your toes. Feels amazing, right? One of the self-care strategies that Elena shares in Chapter 6 of Onward is walking barefoot on the earth. She shares research that our immune systems function optimally when our body has adequate supply of electrons, which we get through barefoot contact with the earth.
Need more convincing? The Surprising Health Benefits Of Going Barefoot explains how “Walking barefoot, also known as ‘earthing,’ has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.”
So take a walk barefoot, connect with the earth and know that with each step you are boosting your resilience.