Ahh. That's exactly what I needed.
Like a cold beer on a hot summer day, the effects of floating can satisfy both your physical and emotional needs. But how frustrating is it when you can feel your tension and anxiety start to return the moment you get done and step outside the tank?
All it takes is one annoying email from your boss to stress you out and raise your blood pressure - which is what you just spent an hour trying to bring down.
The next time you decide to invest an hour of your time to yourself, take these simple steps to ensure that your post-float glow will last as long as possible:
1. Schedule Post-Float Relaxation Time
Although sometimes the only hour you may have is during your lunch break at work, scheduling even an extra 5-10 additional minutes after your float to let your mind refocus can make a huge difference. Instead of rushing off to your next task, let your mind ease it's way back into the real world by giving it just a few extra minutes after each session.
2. Ease Back Into Technology
The last thing you need after an hour of relaxation is to read about your neighbor's latest drama on Facebook or listen to radio clip about our failing economy. When it comes to technology immediately after your float, either shut it off or turn the volume down.
3. Stay Hydrated & Watch What You Eat
Floating is not only therapeutic but it's also a great tool for detoxifying your body. Drinking water helps to continue flushing out any toxins in the body. Also, try and avoid drinks such as coffee or soda, which can actually dehydrate you more.
Then there's the saying, "you are what you eat." Therefore, after a float when you are feeling refreshed and energized it's best to eat healthy foods that support your mood, rather than eating a candy bar that's filled with sugar and is bound to make your mind crash and body feel sluggish.
4. Avoid Strenuous Activity
For the next day to two, try and take it easy to preserve that energized and refreshed feeling. If possible, avoid hiking or long distance running and instead try incorporating some yoga or stretching to reconnect with your body and mind.
5. Journal and Take Time to Reflect
It's important to acknowledge and write down how you're feeling for the next couple of days after your float session. Maybe you finally got a good night's sleep for the first time in a while, or you've noticed an improvement in your overall mood. Taking time to journal and reflect on your feelings will help you determine what's working in your floating routine (and maybe even what's not).
6. Build On Your Momentum
Learning to calm your mind and let go is a discipline that takes time and practice. By combining floating with other relaxation techniques at home such as deep breathing or guided meditations, you can begin take your relaxation to the next level and may even be able to achieve a feeling similar to a float outside of the tank.
7. Invest In More Regular Floats
With the availability of float centers and the Zen Float Tent, there's no excuse not to incorporate floating more regularly into your routine. Not to mention that the effects of floating are cumulative — the more often you float, the better it is for you!
We hope these tips help you to extend your post-float bliss, allowing the wonderful effects of floating to carry over into your every day life.
Interested in taking your float practice to the next level? There are already thousands of people seeing incredible results from floating more regularly at home and you could be one of them too! Download a copy of The Ultimate Float Tank Buying Guide and learn about all the considerations that go into buying a float tank for your home.