In the hustle and bustle of modern life, self-care has become more important than ever before. That’s why, for thousands of people the world over, float therapy has become their one-stop shop for relaxing, resetting and restoring (as featured on Good Morning America). We believe there’s simply no better way to deal with the stress and anxiety of today’s age than to develop a consistent mindfulness practice.
Here’s just a few of our own favorite “quick tips” to add to your self-care routine.
1. Make High-Quality REST a Priority
Invest in Your Rest: this is vital to a healthy overall sense of well-being. In addition to getting enough hours of sleep, you also need to ensure you are getting high-quality sleep. Practicing good “sleep hygiene” includes going to sleep at the same time every day, refraining from looking at phones, and screens at least one hour before going to bed, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool to promote better sleep. This can also include unplugging in a float tank for a bit from all the sensory overload.
Quiet Time: finding time to quiet your brain and settle into stillness in our face-paced world is essential to self-care. As little as 10 minutes of meditating a day can have profound effects on all areas of your life. The process of meditating is straightforward and easy: simply sit and practice. All you have to do is close your eyes, stay focused on your breathing, and let your mind do its thing. This is the one skill where you don’t have to strive to achieve something — just a place of stillness where no effort is required.
3. Be Grateful
Practice Gratitude: When we practice gratitude for all that we have in life, it helps put our stressors in perspective. Better yet – start a gratitude journal! Write down three things you’re grateful for each day, and it will do wonders for your state of mind. Next time you’re in the post-float lounge, check out our community journal for some inspiration!
4. Energize Yourself
Exercise: Engaging with the body helps you eliminate the mental chatter from your life, a key element of stress. These activities can be a way to soak up some sunshine and take in additional light to reduce the risks for seasonal affective disorder. And you don’t have to join a gym to reap the rewards – a quick stroll around your block (10 to 15 minutes) will do the trick!
5. Pause & Breathe
Mindful Breathing: The practice of slowing down and paying attention to your breath has been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Though there are many ways of practicing Mindful Breathing, here’s a quick primer: the next time you’re stressed, get into a comfortable position, take a deep breath (3 seconds), hold it for 2 seconds, and then exhale for 4 seconds. After 5 minutes, you’ll feel a world of difference. For floating, Mindful Breathing is a great way to settle in, relax, and get the most out of every float.
So… how do you practice self-care? Any “special tips” of your own you’d like to share? Post your comments below, we’d love to hear from you!
(Because generosity can play an important part in self-care, we encourage you to pass along these tips to your friends, family, and loved ones. Can you think of someone who needs floating in their life? Why not give the gift of an unforgettable float experience this year with our Valentine’s Day gift card special, and “share the love.”)