After taking a two-year hiatus from floating, the stress of everyday life became too much. I am working multiple jobs and what normally serves as a time for relaxation — yoga — became just more work as I am getting my yoga teacher certification. I wasn’t able to sleep more than 5 hours a night, I had an eye-twitch that lasted more than two weeks, and my heart would start racing as soon as the alarm went off. I knew something needed to change as my body began to show the effects of too much stress and anxiety.
That is when I decided to float 30 days in a row.
Truthfully, the first day was difficult. I had a lot of expectations, it was hard to get comfortable in the tank and extremely challenging to shut my thoughts off. At this point, many people would feel discouraged and want to stop floating — which is exactly how I felt. But continuing on my 30 days I quickly discovered the cumulative effects of floating, and had to keep going because of the commitment I made.
After the first week however, I saw amazing and lasting results. My seemingly permanent eye twitch had disappeared, my heart had stopped racing and I was able to get into a long, deep sleep. And, for the first time since I can remember, I was able to sit through an entire movie without checking my phone or getting up to pace around.
15 days passed and I was moving beyond the just the physical benefits and my whole life started to change. I used to live on fast food and starbucks. Rushing out the door every morning, I would stop and buy coffee, and not having time to pack a lunch, I would have to go get something cheap. But with floating, my body craved fresh, whole and natural foods. I no longer wanted to eat fast and on-the-go. Likewise, I was inspired to get a gym membership — and actually use it.
I had grown up playing many competitive sports but somewhere through the years I forgot that I liked to exercise. All of sudden, my body knew that it wanted to move again and I developed a weekly workout routine. My yoga practice also became much deeper. Because of floating it was easier for me to get out of my head and into the physical yoga practice, which led me to have deeper meditations. Finally, I began to spend my time more productively as books and podcasts began to replace tv shows and music.
By day 20 I was so clearly able to recognize what benefited my mind and body that it was easy for me to make to decisions that supported my growth, happiness and wellbeing. I was easily able to enjoy my free time, without worrying about my to-do list.
When I finished the 30 days, my entire lifestyle had changed all because of floating. I started out overworked, stressed out, exhausted and ended up as a patient, content and truly happy woman.
Moving forward I do not feel the need to float everyday. I think going two times per week will allow me to maintain, but the accumulation of floating serves major benefits. I definitely needed that 30 day jumpstart to get to where I am today.
So, when will you start your 30 days?
For a video recap of my float experience check out this video:
About the Author:
My name's Monique! I recently graduated from the University of Utah and am currently a yoga instructor who will complete a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in August 2017. I also co-founded ZenAF, a space dedicated to helping millennials learn how to meditate and create their most kickass life.