There are many kinds of jobs in the world. From high paying to low paying, social to solitary, mentally to physically focused, they all have one thing in common: stress. 40% of workers self-report their job as “very or extremely stressful.” Another 25% of employees say they see their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. What’s more, work-related stress is associated with health problems more than any other stressor in life. Many feel work life today is much more stressful than it was a generation ago.
There are many reasons why stress is a growing problem in the workforce today. What’s more clear cut are the health effects of stress. When your body goes through a stress response, you might experience elevated heart rate, tightening of muscles, fast breathing, and elevated blood pressure. This is your body’s way of preparing you for a fight or flight response. If you’re at work, neither fight nor flight can really help you; you have to do your job, and even though your body is reacting this way, your life is not usually in any real danger.
Unfortunately, this knowledge doesn’t prevent the negative health effects of stress. Those who report chronic stress from work tend to constantly feel overwhelmed, even when they’re at home. They become easily upset and often feel lonely and depressed. Physically, they tend to experience decreased energy, digestive trouble, insomnia, frequent colds, and pain all over the body.
Stress builds on itself and is not an easy problem to solve. Understanding your stress response is irrational doesn’t change your body’s conviction in its importance. The best way to tackle stress is a physical approach, and floatation therapy can help.
Floatation therapy, also called REST (restricted environment stimulation technique), is one of the most effective methods for reducing stress quickly. A simple 60-minute float session not only alleviates physical symptoms of stress, like body pains and headaches, but reduces stress at its source by providing your body with an environment free of stimulation. With no sound, light, or movement, and in an environment simulating zero gravity, your brain stops looking for external threats. It can then entire a state of complete relaxation. Scientifically, this is known as the Theta state, which is similar to dreaming.
Stress can have a lasting negative effect on you. Don’t let it. Contact the Northwest Float Center for more information.