This season is a wonderful time to enjoy family, spread cheer, and make new memories. It also involves careful planning, cleaning, cooking, listening, and other stressful activities. Floatation is a great option to unwind from seasonal turmoil. However, floating is not the only way to de-stress and enjoy the holiday season.
Floating as a Stress Reliever
At Northwest Float Center, our clients reap the myriad benefits of floating in sensory deprivation tanks. Our tanks eliminate the sights, sounds, smells, and other sensory input that aggravate existing stress. For many of our clients, sensory input worsens existing psychological issues like mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Floating gives them time away from everyday input that might trigger negative responses. After a session, they are more able to cope with triggers.
As a shared experience, floating also enhances communication. Many people feel extra stress over the holidays because it’s harder to communicate what they want or need. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others demand attention constantly. The pressure to create a “perfect” holiday often leads to miscommunications and fights. However, floating helps break down boundaries. The relaxing, meditative experience lets people communicate honestly outside the float center.
Finally, floating alleviates physical issues. Health problems such as muscular disorders, respiratory illnesses, and digestive issues often worsen over the holidays. However, floating retrains the body to respond as it normally would. For example, you might not feel muscle pain in a float tank because your muscles are relearning how to expand and contract as normal.
Other Stress Relievers
If you can’t float this season, there are several wonderful alternatives. NWFC recommends using essential oils, either single oils or blends, to help reduce holiday stress at home. Lavender, chamomile, vanilla, and frankincense are renowned for their calming effects. If you need extra optimism or courage to face holiday crowds, try bergamot, known to induce courage and clarity, or lemon, which increases optimism. Essential oils can be used in several ways. Mix your own blend, or simply place a few drops of your favorites in rooms you frequent.
Designate a quiet place to go during family gatherings or stressful days, such as when you complete Christmas shopping. Whenever stress hits, get to your bedroom, sunroom, or other designated area as soon as possible. Engage in relaxing activities like reading, meditating, or even napping. Don’t wrap gifts, play loud music, or work on your Christmas dinner grocery list.
Finally, remind yourself the holidays don’t have to be perfect. The main goal is keeping yourself and your family healthy and safe, not rising to high expectations. If you’d like to learn more about stress relief, contact NWFC today.