If you’re experiencing symptoms of stress – and so many people do! – then you know how hard it can be to unwind and just be present in the moment. Stress is everywhere in modern life, and we often spend time worrying about the future, rather than living in the present.
Studies suggest that an alarming 77% of people experience physical symptoms of stress, so you’re certainly not alone. But while it’s rarely possible to avoid stressors (things that cause stress) entirely, what we can do is take proactive steps to manage how we react. And that’s where floating comes in: by taking time out from the constant busyness and over-stimulation in our lives, we can rebalance and find inner peace.
Brain in Overdrive
If you’re constantly stressed, worrying or feeling anxious, you might be worried that an hour alone with your thoughts is the last thing you need, but studies suggest that quite the opposite is true: stress is a physiological fight-or-flight reflex, which would have been very useful for our distant ancestors when running away from predators, but which often goes into overdrive when the threats are perceived: in other words, when the lions, tigers and bears are in our minds! Neuroscience research has shown that meditative activities – such as floatation – decrease activity in the amygdala, which is the area responsible for fight-or-flight; by spending time entirely without stimuli, your mind begins to unwind, and all you feel is calm.
Perfect for Beginners
Many people find meditation difficult – their minds wander off, they get distracted by external influences – but floatation acts as a shortcut that’s easily accessible to anyone. Research on floating being carried out at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research has found that floatation rivals some prescription medications in relieving symptoms of anxiety and stress. Even better: unlike relaxation alone, floating helps to calm your frazzled nerves completely, giving you an extraordinary sense of peace that you can’t even get from a night on the sofa watching Netflix.
Stress management is a skill, and floatation is an excellent way to develop it. As the famed psychiatrist Victor Frankl put it, “when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”. Life is often stressful, but by being proactive about how we handle the hard times, we can develop resilience and strength, and have longer, happier lives.