Back to school, it’s time to hit the books! Summer is over – back to the big projects at work. Are you looking for ways to make the most of your hard work? Here are 5 ways that Floating boosts your GPA and your performance at work.
1. Reduce your stress, clear your mind. With all the projects to complete, pages to read, papers to write, stress is everywhere. When you are stressed, your brain triggers the release of many neurochemicals like cortisol and adrenalin. While a little bit of stress can help you ‘get in the zone’ and be super-productive for a short period of time, long periods of stress can lead to an excess of cortisol and other stress hormones. When cortisol levels are too high, they can impact your memory and hamper your mental performance, hence the saying “stress makes you stupid”. So, now you can become stressed out and forgetful. Not a good combination if you are on a deadline.
Floating has been proven to provoke a relaxation response that reduces the levels of cortisol and other stress hormones in your body, leaving you with a greater ability to focus and concentrate. Furthermore, floating has been been shown to produce a beneficial ‘maintenance’ response, meaning that your body has a reduced stress response for several days after your float.
So, consider scheduling a float before, during and after your exam period or project completion timeline to boost your retention during studying and preparing, mental performance during the exam or presentation, and a quick recovery after your busy time is over.
2. Fight that cold When you are stressed, your body’s immune response can be compromised, leaving you at a greater risk of getting sick. A head cold is the last thing that you need when you are studying for a big exam! Floating reduces your stress response which gives your body’s immune response a chance to function at full capacity. Plus, studies have shown that people who visualize their bodies healing and feeling strong and healthy recover faster . So, float regularly to reduce stress, and imagine your body being as healthy as possible. Keep your body healthy to ensure your peak performance!
3. Recovery from sitting too long. You know that stiff feeling, after you’ve been sitting for a long time. Muscle tightness, aches and pains are uncomfortable and can be distracting. Floating effortlessly and feeling weightless for 90 minutes can release muscle tension, reduce aches and pains, and allow for increased circulation to help your body move again. You can try out the selection of pillows and pool noodles if you find that your body likes to float in a particular position. Make your body comfortable so that you can focus on studying, not on your sore neck.
4. Superlearning. There is an increasing amount of science emerging that shows that the greatest amount of learning takes place when the learner’s state of mind is one of deep relaxation combined with mental alertness. In fact, studies have shown that the deeper the relaxation, the more the student is able to learn. When you are deeply relaxed, your brain enters the Theta Wave state that is highly conducive to complex learning. In theta state, the mind is most open to the absorption of new material and most capable of complex thinking and retention of what you have learned. “A-ha” Moments come when you are in Theta state. During a float, the absence of distraction also makes the brain even more highly receptive to the information presented to it.
Come in for a float to give your mind to process and absorb all your new knowledge. Or, if you have a particular audio segment or lecture that you would like to listen to during. your float, let us know and we can set that up for you.
5. Visualize Success. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it ~William Arthur Ward
Whether it is success in school, success in sport, or success in the workplace, there is mounting evidence supporting the powerful nature of visualization. The more clearly you can see a situation in your mind’s eye, the more possibility it has of becoming real. The subconscious mind tends to accept vividly imagined scenarios as real. By accepting a positive experience as real, or that it has already happened, you can spend your energy pursuing the goal instead of playing ‘what-if’. If you are visualizing a pleasant experience, like success in an exam, your brain automatically responds by releasing feel good neurochemicals like endorphins. The effect of your feel-good neurochemicals can also last for several days after your float, helping you to maintain a sense of clear-headed calm.
Try this out during your next float – picture success, and soak it in (literally). How does your success feel, what does it look like, what are the sights, sounds and smells that come with success. Play it out during your float, and watch it come to life at the exam.
So, give these strategies a try during your school year, and let us know how they go!