Healthy Mind

After my experience of seeing my daughter through a serious illness and all the worry that caused, I suffered from PTSD. Even before this, looking back, I was very stressed due to working long hours and that was having a serious impact on my mental health.

It was only after I discovered the benefits of floatation to relieve my PTSD that I started looking into other ways to look after my mental wellbeing. My biggest wish in all this is that I can inspire other people to make the changes needed to look after their mental health before something traumatic happens rather than needing something like that to trigger the change.

GIVING YOUR MIND A BREAK IS KEY IN HELPING YOUR MIND HEAL FROM THE RAVAGES OF STRESS.

Meditation and mindfulness work by giving your mind something to concentrate on to try to stop it dwelling on the things that worry you. Left to their own devices, our brains have a bad habit of returning again and again to thinking about things that make us feel stressed like money worries, our workload, health concerns, etc.
Focusing on your breathing or what your body is doing or a visualisation can stop it from doing this for a time and give it the time to heal that it needs. Most people find their mind keeps wandering anyway, even while doing yoga and trying to focus on breathing and movement, and it generally takes people a while to build up the mental discipline to stay focused.

FLOATATION WORKS DIFFERENTLY BUT STILL OFFERS YOUR MIND A CHANCE TO DEEPLY REST AND HEAL.

By removing all external stimuli, your mind does switch off eventually but it can take a few sessions which is why people often don’t enjoy their first float. I certainly didn’t. It took at least three sessions for me to get the full benefit but when I did, I was so glad I’d persevered because it gave my mind the rest it needed to recover from my traumatic experience and continues to help me tackle stress.

Which method of giving your mind a break from engaging with the world and worrying you choose doesn’t matter. It’s taking that time, even if it’s just five minutes a day, to prioritise your mental health and escape from stress that will make all the difference. Changes don’t have to be dramatic. You can work towards reclaiming your peace of mind one baby step at a time.

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