Stress-related injuries and illnesses are the most commonly cited cause of hospital and doctors’ office visits. However, some experience stress levels higher than most. Chronic anxiety is a debilitating mental condition experienced by thousands of Americans. The causes of chronic anxiety are not well understood. What is well known are the debilitating effects of chronic anxiety: inability to sleep, hold steady work, or form lasting social relationships.
Some patients turn to drugs with debilitating side effects and deleterious impacts on kidney and liver health. Thankfully, there are alternative treatments. Floating is a scientifically verified alternative to drug therapy for treating stress and chronic anxiety. Here are five ways in which floating can help relieve chronic anxiety:
1. Reduction of cortisol levels
Cortisol is a natural chemical produced by the human body to foster alertness and regulate circadian rhythms. A stressful lifestyle or chronic anxiety can result in higher cortisol levels, leading to a vicious cycle of ever-increasing stress. Floating has been linked to dramatic reductions in cortisol levels, promoting mental health.
2. Lower blood pressure
Many studies show that stress may be a more significant factor in the development of heart conditions than poor diet. Floating encourages dilation of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow. As the size of the vessels increase, pressure is reduced and the heart has to do less strenuous work to pump blood throughout the body. This lowers blood pressure as well as overall stress on the body and mind.
3. Floating posture encourages relaxation
The posture assumed during floatation allows muscles, which have been constantly engaged in maintaining an upright posture, to relax. Muscle relaxation is linked to many health benefits, including decreased blood pressure, pain relief, and anxiety reduction.
4. The body doesn’t have to work as hard
The human body naturally relaxes when it reaches optimal temperature. Metabolism and muscle action normally raise body temperature to adequate levels. When suspended in computerized temperature-controlled water, the body need do nothing. Proper temperature is maintained, allowing tension to be released from muscles, which is shown to relieve anxiety.
5. Relief from physical body pressure
Pressure is a major cause of bedsores and injuries for medical patients. Anxiety often manifests itself physically in the form of tight muscles and aching joints. Total sensory release is experienced while floating, allowing chronic anxiety sufferers to feel at ease, possibly for the first time in their lives.
If you suffer from chronic anxiety, you may feel a sense of hopelessness as drugs fail to help your condition. Floating may be the key to unlocking a clearer, healthier consciousness. Visit the Northwest Float Center’s website today to schedule a float and learn more about this revolutionary technique for managing chronic stress.