How Floating Helps Writers

Kriss BrooksFlotation Therapy, Stress ReliefLeave a Comment

Floatation therapy can be highly beneficial for anyone in a creative field. At NWFC, we have already discussed benefits for artists and musicians. We now focus on the benefits for writers.

End Writer’s Block

Sometimes, external stimuli bombard the brain, keeping it from focusing. Writers call this phenomenon writer’s block. Floatation therapy utilizes Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), which removes external stimuli. With nothing to see, feel, or hear, the mind can focus on anything. Artists have long used REST to stimulate new ideas and alternative concepts.

The brain fills the void with shapes, images, sounds, and sensations. Soon, the user internally constructs sentences to describe their experiences. Some writers find the uncontrolled thought process to be the necessary break to return to their writing. Others benefit from focusing on their project and letting their mind find endless story lines and conclusions.

Ending Isolated Feelings

Making a living as a writer can be a lonely profession. Writers go to great measures to isolate themselves and remove distractions. The results can be rewarding for their career, but pose negative side effects personally and socially. Floating clears the mind of negativity and worry. It also improves performance levels, and it may free up time for more socializing.

Facilitate New Ideas

Writers always seek new topics to explore. This requires time without pay, so the goal is to find new inspirations quickly. However, this can be the most difficult and time-consuming part of a writer’s job.

Floating produces drug-free hallucinations that take the mind to areas never explored before. The speed at which ideas appear is much faster, and the mind expands on one idea, turning it into a multitude of concepts.

Out-of-the-box thinking is also increased. The reason for increased creativity is not completely understood, but it appears to be due to cognitive improvement through release of stress and anxiety.

Elimination of Distractions

Regardless of how much a writer isolates himself, distractions are always present. Street noise, birds chirping, lawn mowers, or even the refrigerator running can become distractions. Electronic devices beep or vibrate to entice us to take a break and interact with them. A favorite TV show beckons to be watched.

Inside a floatation tank, there are no sensory distractions or temptations; it’s the ultimate disconnection. The only option is for the mind to fill the void with thought. Most writers find this method relaxing, enjoyable, and a natural alternative to forced concentration.

Don’t wait any longer. If you’re a writer, check out how floatation therapy can improve your writing quality and speed by setting up your first appointment at Northwest Float Center.

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