Working 40 hours a week and pursuing a degree online comes with a lot of stress. It’s been a awhile since I was able to get home from work and not have to think about doing anything. It’s a grind, and I’m sure it will be well worth it, but it is exhausting. I don’t have children yet, but I would imagine the level of exhaustion is similar at times. I have found it difficult to find time to spend with family and time for relaxation. When I’m with my family, school is on my mind. When I’m out with friends “relaxing,” school is on my mind. I was struggling to come up with a good topic for this week’s blog, but I have found it. Today I did my first float therapy session.
I was a little skeptical when I stepped foot in the float tank. I started the music, got into what I assumed was a good floating position, and relaxed. I started with the light on, so I could be sure that i was in just the right relaxed position. As soon as I turned off the lights, I experienced a kind of clarity that is hard to describe.
I think I shut my eyes, although I’m still not sure because it was pitch black. Not an ounce of light was visible, even when I thought my eyes were open. I started to count my breaths, as the person running the spa suggested, and soon seemed to slip into a kind of thoughtlessness. The only thing that I can remember thinking about was if my eyes were open or not. I did not think about school. I did not think about work. I was just there without a worry in the world. I was lost in the binaural beats that were playing softly in the background. After the hour was up, I felt refreshed and relaxed. It was almost as if a weight was lifted off of my shoulders.
I have heard, and read, a lot about the benefits of float therapy, but never found myself to have enough time to give it a try. Today I forced myself to set aside an hour out of the day, just for me. I set out with the goal to just let my worries and stresses disappear, even if it was for just a little bit, and I was successful. It is quite an experience and I think I have found a new go-to when the stress is starting to be too much to handle.