Floatation therapy can be a highly effective part of a treatment plan for many mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
People suffering from grief and loss often exhibit many of these symptoms. While working through grief of any kind takes time, floatation therapy can offer a chance to relax, manage negative emotions, and obtain greater mental clarity. Let’s take a look at a few ways that floatation therapy can help ease you through the grieving process.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Grief can often manifest as anxiety or depression, which are two areas of mental health that floatation therapy is well known to be useful for treating. In fact, many people find that floatation therapy is just as useful for managing their psychological symptoms as traditional counseling! There are many reasons that floatation therapy is so effective in treating anxiety and depression. The physical and mental symptoms of anxiety or worry are often soothed by the peaceful, quiet environment. Depression can be mitigated through the release of endorphins.
Help Sort through Thoughts and Emotions
The sensory deprivation that comes as a part of floatation therapy can often inspire clear thinking, as many of the stimuli of daily life fade away to be replaced by a feeling of weightlessness and overall calmness. This can often allow people to face their fears, worries, and emotions looking in from a more removed perspective and allow themselves to feel emotions without the need to “hold it together.” The grieving process is frequently a time of many complex and conflicting emotions, including sadness, anger, disbelief, and anxiety about potential future losses and how you can carry on with your life. Getting an alternate perspective on these emotions is often the key to accepting the loss.
Provide a Safe Space for Relaxation
Finally, floatation therapy results in deep states of relaxation within the brain. If grief has caused your brain to run around in circles with overwhelming thoughts and emotions, this relaxation can be an integral part of breaking that cycle. Additionally, floatation therapy can be useful for taking you out of your daily situation, since it provides a closed environment that envelops you in total safety. In this way, you may be able to put your grief aside for a moment and simply be, floating in a meditative mindset and able to come out of the tank feeling just a little bit more capable of handling your grief.