Journals and other methods of record-keeping are an ancient tradition, one that dates all the back to at least the 10th century. The act of began as a simple method of recording in written form one’s meaningful thoughts and feelings.
Now, journals are not only used for personal record-keeping but recording in a journal is proven to help with many aspects of your mental well-being such as reducing stress, helping you solve problems more effectively and providing clarity. In addition, there is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on your physical well-being.
When you write you use the left side of your brain, which is the analytical and rational side. At this time that your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. Basically, writing removes mental blocks which then allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Combine these benefits with the benefits of floating and you’ve got yourself a first-class seat to deeper, more meaningful understanding and higher levels of consciousness.
Here are 4 ways keeping a journal can specifically enhance your float:
1. Keep Track of Progress
Each time you float it’s like moving up a level in a video game. You become more relaxed, your mind can more easily shut off, and you deepen the journey within yourself as if you’re getting closer and closer to reaching the highest level of the game. But sometimes, floating can still feel like trial and error. You might have the best float of your life and the next time not be able to relax at all. As you experience this progress it’s helpful to keep track of it so you can better note what works and what doesn’t work for you.
2. Journaling is Very Relaxing
Journaling might sound like it’s some work but it’s actually really relaxing. By journaling before and after your float you’re helping your mind to slow down and focus in on your thoughts. Acknowledging these thoughts before your float allows you to get them out of your head before you try and shut off. Journaling after your float also keeps you in a relaxed state of mind before immediately exposing yourself back to the sounds and distractions of the world.
3. Harness Creativity
It’s been well documented that keeping a journal enhances your creative ability, memorize important information, and brainstorm new ideas. Writing about your experiences not only helps you process them, it helps you see opportunities that may not have been apparent at first glance.
4. Reflect on Results
By keeping record of your float journey it’s easy to go back and reflect on the results you have achieved. It might surprise you how looking back you had different stresses or issues that now no longer affect you. This also serves as a reminder of how far you have come so you can continue moving forward. After 5-10 float sessions or beginning a regular routine at home, you’ll likely be able to notice measurable results.
How to begin:
Never wait until you feel like it. That time may never come. Just begin.
Starting with a notebook that will be dedicated to your floating experiences. It’s easier if you separate your float journal from your everyday journal if you have one.
Begin by writing down your thoughts or feelings briefly before your float and then a little more in depth after your float. This will help you define issues in your life or areas of struggle that you may be dealing with.
- Write quickly, as this frees your brain from over processing your thoughts or thought-blocks.
Stick with it! Just like a floating practice, you must stay fairly consistent before determining whether it is helpful to you or not.
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