We frequently extol the benefits of float therapy, from relieving pain to improving mood. But how can we extend those good feelings after each session? There are several ways, each of which is easy to incorporate into your everyday routine. If you’ve noticed your float benefits waxing and waning, now is the perfect time to make small changes that will help you reap your sessions’ full benefits.
Get Enough Sleep
Doctors recommend most adults get at least eight hours of sleep a night, but few of us actually manage it. Worry and stress, the effects of bedtime snacks, and other factors keep us tossing and turning for hours. However, it’s crucial to get enough sleep if you want to maximize float benefits. Stop screen time at least 30 minutes before bed, preferably 60 minutes. If you use an e-reader, keep its light on low. Don’t eat or drink caffeine or highly sugary things. If possible, refrain from watching the news or suspenseful, violent shows at night. When you get in bed, turn the bedside clock away from you, find your most comfortable position, and tell your muscles to relax one at a time. Deep breathing may help you fall asleep faster.
Exercising three to four times a week, at least 30 minutes per session, helps floatation benefits last longer. Frequent exercise retrains your body, so it knows when to pump adrenaline and endorphins into your systems, and when to stay calm. Many people who exercise regularly report they sleep better at night, perform better at work and school, and are less tempted to indulge in junk food. Find an exercise routine that works for you, whether that’s going solo at the gym, taking a cardio class, or hiking with your dog.
Even if you don’t get the recommended eight glasses per day, water should be a priority drink in your meal plan. Some experts recommend drinking a glass of water at room temperature, with a slice of lemon inside, right after waking up. This helps your body burn fat and eliminate impurities more efficiently. If the taste of water gets boring, use sugarless flavoring or fruit slices. You don’t have to stick to lemon; lime and orange wedges are also popular, as is mint.
Many people skip breakfast because they’re in a hurry or as a quick way to get ahead in weight loss. But this is one of the worst things you can do, especially when trying to maximize your floatation experience. Studies have found breakfast skippers are more likely to snack on junk food, eat late in the day, and become obese. Always start your day with a balanced breakfast such as a glass of milk or orange juice, a healthy protein (eggs, turkey bacon), or a healthy carb (whole grain muffin, iron-enriched cereal).
To learn more about maximizing the benefits of floating, contact NWFC for a consultation.