29 Dec Finding Mental Freedom When Floating
We live in a busy world that moves fast. If we were to turn off all forms of technology in our lives for even just a matter of hours, many of us would feel like we’re missing out on news, business matters, activities, get-togethers, and a myriad of conversations with individuals from all corners of the globe. People are often so wrapped up in their daily grind they may find it hard to unwind at all on a day-to-day basis.
Float tanks are facilitators of mindfulness — the mental state achieved by focusing on the present. Removing yourself from sights and sounds by entering a sensory deprivation tank is one of the simplest ways to silence stressors in your mind. You can fully switch off and immerse yourself in a state of tranquility that is nearly impossible to mirror outside of an isolation chamber.
However, slowing your mind doesn’t happen the second you start floating. Akin to achieving mindfulness via yoga or meditation, it takes time, patience and practice to be able to leave your thoughts behind for your float session and be completely in the moment.
Here are some techniques to help you calm your mind while floating:
Prepare Yourself Pre-tank
Before you step into your tank, stop using all forms of technology. These devices are known stimulants and stressors and will start your float off on the wrong foot. Turn off your tech or set your devices to silent at least 30-minutes before your session and stash them somewhere that’s easy to forget about them — think inside a glove compartment or an inner pocket of a backpack. Try to forget about your phone before even arriving at your tank to ease the transition of your pre-float mindset to your mindset while floating.
Focus On Your Breathing
You may already know that breathing is used as a method of achieving mindfulness during meditation and yoga practices. It can work the same way to improve your floating experience as well. Begin by taking a deep breath, holding it for a few seconds and exhaling as much air as you can. Do this over and over. Focus on the feeling of your chest rising and falling and the sensation of air filling and leaving your lungs to move your mind into the present moment and your body into a deep calm.
Feel Your Body
Since the water in float tanks is heated to a temperature similar to that of human skin, it’s easy to lose track of where the water ends and your body parts begin. A great way to turn off the anxieties in your mind is by paying close attention to your body movements in the tank. Slowly stretch your fingers away from your palms or gently wiggle your toes. Keeping your focus on the actions of your body will help you to stop thinking about your to-do list or other parts of your life that are overwhelming.
Keep a Float Journal
Bring a notebook with you to record how you feel before and after each of your float sessions. Write about the anxieties you feel during the time before you float and whether or not you feel better about them when you emerge from the tank at the end of your session. What meditative tricks did you use to focus your mind while floating? Did you find the session successful or unsuccessful? The more details you track the more likely you are to discover what works to calm your mind most thoroughly while floating.
Once you have conquered your inner voice and stressors and achieve mindfulness in the tank you should instantly feel more revitalized when you’ve completed your session. There’s also a good chance you’ll be more creative and mentally stimulated for days after floating, since freeing your mind from stress leaves it open to exploring new avenues for self-discovery and inspiration.
As always, if you are interested in opening your very own float centre, or buying your very own float tank, contact us right away!