It’s no secret that we live in a stressful world. More than 3 million adults in America suffer from anxiety each year, but only a third of them are actually receiving treatment. What’s worse, many of the same people are also dealing with secondary mental illnesses such as depression, making their symptoms even harder to handle.
Looking for Answers
Finding treatment for anxiety is hard. Many people are forced to rely on prescription medications to combat their symptoms. While this is effective for some, it also exposes them to debilitating side effects and reactions. From hallucinations to breathing difficulty and even liver damage, the drugs may actually do more harm than good.
Other people try to find alternative methods to avoid drugs. They try things like acupuncture and hypnotism, often desperate to find relief. Fortunately, floatation therapy is a completely natural remedy for these feelings that can help anxiety sufferers recover their lives.
How Floatation Helps
Floatation therapy helps treat anxiety by encouraging changes in the body and mind. It works to offer deep relaxation and physical changes to help people feel refreshed and revitalized.
1. Lowering Cortisol
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It’s a natural chemical the body produces in times of stress like after car accidents or during a fight. However, our busy modern lives also cause higher cortisol levels. Stress from relationships, work, and even travel can cause serious effects. Floatation has been linked to huge reductions in the amount of cortisol in your body, which reduces anxiety.
2. Lower Blood Pressure
Stress has a lasting impact on blood pressure as well. Elevated blood pressure can cause heart damage and may lead to heart disease. Floatation encourages blood vessels to dilate, reducing the pressure and allowing the heart to work more easily. This helps prevent long term issues but can also foster a greater sense of wellness which in turn reduces stress further.
3. Catharsis of Stressful Thoughts
Many of our stressful thoughts are induced by our environment. Staring at screens and working long hours can keep your mind wound up for hours. In a floatation tank, there’s no external stimulation. No ringing phones or car payments can reach you. When you’re floating you can let go of everything else and focus on allowing your mind to unwind, bringing a deep sense of relaxation.
If you’re interested in seeing what floatation therapy can do for your anxiety, visit us at the Northwest Float Center to experience anxiety reduction firsthand.