Self-Love & Sensory Deprivation
Yes, I know this email is late-r. But there’s a reason for that. I had decided a couple weeks ago to try sensory deprivation therapy via a float tank and I thought it would be awesome to share with you. So I had an appointment last night and figured I’d write about it after.
I was wiped. Instead I came home, ate a giant bowl of food, got in bed, watched a show and passed out. Holy hell did I NEED THAT. I woke up a few times in the night per usual and slept in a bit. It was glorious. So in a sense, me giving myself some self-love meant that I would have to hold off on sharing about it for a bit longer.
For those of you that don’t know about “floating” you basically get in a tub that has like 800lb of epsom salt in it, in the dark, with earplugs in and float for like 60-90min. There are several benefits to it but for me personally, I am always looking for help with my anxiety, depression, insomnia and overall just needing to let my brain chill. Also, a little muscle recovery is allllways welcome in my world.
I chose the float room rather than the tank for my first time because the idea of being enclosed on my first go-round didn’t thrill me. At first I was like, big deal, I’m floating. I was annoyed with bumping the sides here and there. I felt like it couldn’t possibly work because there was a tiny crack of light in the far corner of the room. My earplugs weren’t perfect and I could hear someone talking at the desk at one point. “They are doing this wrong!” I thought over and over as if I was a level 10 expert in the field of floating.
Then I got restless. I had an itch here and there. I went from feeling perfectly nothing to sort of chilly when I moved to nothing again. I became super aware of my neck tightness and positioning and kept trying to force it to relax. I kept wondering how much time I had left.
I’m not sure when it happened but I finally relaxed, even to the point where I like jerked awake in the midst of it. My calf muscle was twitching at one point and it rippled the water. I felt super peaceful. It seemed to end quickly once I felt this way.
Afterwards on the drive home I just felt so spiritually cleansed, there’s no other way to put it. I felt lighter. Like I could breathe better. Calmer.
Like I said I got home, ate and crawled into bed. I felt like my brain was thanking me for letting it just do it’s thing without a million other distractions. I was SO excited to actually want to go to bed somewhat early.
The last few weeks have been insane as I let someone go at work and had to get ahead to prepare for 3 weeks of travel. I really wanted to just take some time to give myself something my body and mind would really thank me for.
I’d say I nailed it.
Self-love & hugs,
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