We’re all prone to bouts of mental chaos. Whether it’s a looming work deadline, family troubles, or troubles with school, we all experience thoughts that spiral out of control. A float session can be the perfect way to calm those thoughts and embrace the silence – if you allow it. While everyone experiences sensory deprivation differently, there are things you can do to help maximize your experience.
From the moment you head out for your float session until you lay down in the embracing warm water, use these tips to open your mind to the experience and realizations that often accompany sensory deprivation therapy.
Unplug From Technology
To get the most out of your float session, consider turning off your mobile devices and screens before leaving you home. Our mobile devices are full of distractions, whether it’s a work email or a Facebook notification. Concentrate on the task – taking care of you! By fully committing to the experience and turning off your phone, you may be surprised by how clear your mind is and how a clear mind can contribute to your experience.
Focus On Your Breathing
Take a good look at your calendar and you’ll get a good sense of the kind of daily pressure you face. There are doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, soccer practice, and banquets. Between your work and personal obligations, there’s scarcely enough time to breathe. But that’s exactly what we’re suggesting: Deep breaths, like those used in meditation, can help promote mental focus and reduce your stress.
People erroneously assume that meditation means “clearing your mind.” But this isn’t the way your brain works. In fact, when your brain goes completely blank from sensory deprivation, it usually begins to create its own input. You can’t stop your brain from thinking, but you can control the train of thought. This is where the practice of meditation comes in.
Before getting into your float tank, take a couple moments to breathe mindfully – four seconds in, four seconds out. This will help calm your mind before your session starts, letting your stressors float away in the tank.
Most of us crave a good caffeine jolt, whether if it’s in the morning or after lunch (for some of us, it’s both). But to make the most of your experience, avoid caffeine in the hours before your float. Since caffeine excites your nervous system, it may take away from your experience. And, since it’s a diuretic, it may necessitate a potty break in the middle of your sensory deprivation experience.
Are you ready to schedule your next float? Follow these tips and then call us to schedule an appointment!