How to Stay Grounded When Life Throws You a Curve

kaleidoscope beet saladLife has been a little crazy for us lately. As some of you know we had a fire aboard our sailboat in February—as live-aboard sailors our boat is our only home. While the insurance company and the boat yard have both been taking their sweet time with repairs and payments, we’ve been getting the run-around from all sides. So figuring out how to stay grounded has been a constant theme for us.

We are extremely thankful to our many friends who’ve taken us in. But staying in other people’s homes without any of our own belongings can make even the smallest things like cooking meals or getting to the gym seem daunting—especially after moving ten times in the past four months. Here are some things we’ve done to keep life in perspective and help us stay grounded.

Luckily my husband Kirk and I both have pretty positive attitudes, which helps a lot. We both realize that being down about things doesn’t get you anywhere, so we try to keep the “chin-up” attitude as we practice some of the tips below.

Tips on How to Stay Grounded

  • Meditate every day. We try to meditate both morning and evening, but that doesn’t always happen. Meditation is a great way to de-stress and focus, and it has many health benefits, check out this article to learn more: What Happens To The Brain When You Meditate. If you are new to meditation, or would like to try it out, I highly recommend Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21-day meditation challenges. Check out their website to find out more.
  • Practice Gratitude. Research has shown that verbally practicing gratitude “makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.” We try to finish up each meditation by saying three things we are grateful for. Even when it feels like everything is going wrong in your life, you can usually find something to be grateful about, and that can help to put things back into perspective.
  • Exercise. This one has been tough, because we’re not currently living near enough to our gym to get to our yoga classes on a regular basis, or at all. But I’ve been wearing out my Fitbit, trying to walk as much as possible. And we’ve been staying in some lovely neighborhoods, so the walks have been beautiful and full of spring flowers.
  • Eat root vegetables. As I mentioned in a previous post, root vegetables (grown in the ground) actually have grounding properties and can help you to feel more centered and grounded. Below is one of my favorite summer-time salads, full of beets and carrots, it’s not only colorful and delicious, it’s grounding too!

Kaleidoscope Salad

Ingredients
3 or 4 organic golden beets
3 organic carrots, scrubbed and cut into wedges
1 organic cucumber – peeled, seeded and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon chopped fresh organic cilantro

Dressing
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions
To make dressing, combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

Scrub beets clean and place in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover with a loose-fitting lid and cook until easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Allow the beets to cool slightly then slip off skins under cool running water. Remove root and stem ends and cut into 1-inch wedges.

Peel, seed, and cut cucumbers in diagonal ½-inch slices.

Place carrots in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover with a loose-fitting lid and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, cool, and cut carrots in diagonal ½-inch slices.

Toss dressing, beets, carrots, cucumber and cilantro together in a bowl.

Serves: 4-6
Recipe courtesy of PCC Deli

With any luck we’ll be getting our newly-repaired boat back within a couple of weeks and will be moving home soon. Being temporarily “homeless” has given us new perspective on life and gratitude, which helps us to stay grounded.

Please share this post, and leave a comment to let me know what you do to stay grounded, or how you like this salad…

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