I am writing this on a foggy, grey day in January, which today is also being called “blue monday”. The combination of the weather, the lack of sunlight, the reality of your new years resolutions, and credit card bills coming in all have a profound effect on your mood this time of the year . So, if you are feeling a little ‘off’ or are experiencing increased feelings of anxiety or depression, this could be why. I know that I am definitely feeling it.
So, I am here to explain how floating can help!!
Stress, depression, anxiety all stem from your brain chemistry. When you are stressed or anxious, your brain produces particular neurotransmitters and hormones like Adrenaline and Cortisol and ACTH. Most of us have heard of the ‘fight or flight’ stress response, but the same response can also be triggered with feelings of helplessness or frustration.
When you float, you enter the deeply relaxed and meditative state. This is amazing for your body to feel refreshed and reset, but it also does great things with your brain.
Emerging science shows that floating has a significant decrease on pituitary / adrenal activity by sharply reducing the biochemicals associated with stress and anxiety – so reduces the adrenaline and cortisol. Some studies have shown that cortisol levels are reduced for up to 5 days after floating. More studies have shown a very distinct improvement in mood and feelings of well being post-float. So, not only does floating have a positive impact on your brain chemistry, but it can also interrupt the cycle of depression or anxiety long enough so that you can get a toe hold and work your way out of the bad state of mind.
Also, when you are deeply relaxed, your brain releases the desirable neurotransmitters and hormones like endorphins that make you feel so good.
I have definitely increased my floating frequency lately, trying to climb out of this funk. One technique that I have been using to help me relax into my float is to start with a list of things that I am grateful for. I think of what I am grateful for, then I pause for a few minutes and really focus on the feeling of it . It normally makes me cry, but they are all good tears. Plus, I just tell people that I got salt in my eye ….
I would love to hear in the comments below some of the tips and tricks that you have for staying positive in this not-so-nice time of year.
So, if you are in a funk , call us today or visit us online at blissfloatcentre.ca to book your float today.