Sensory Deprivation for Stress Resilience

How is it that  you deal manage your stress?

How is it that  you deal manage your stress?

Hack your stress management with Sensory Deprivation


“Did you see my post in the chat?”

“... No.  What’s up?”

“The power is out.”

“What?  Why?”

“The bill is overdue.”


This is a real conversation I had after getting home from work one day.  This was only a few days after getting a water shut-off notice on the door; also for an overdue bill.


So there I was: in a house I had just moved into, having just finished unpacking my boxes, when I learned that the power had been turned off, and the water was soon to be shut off.  Both of the bills were over $1,000.  How did I feel?


When people talk about floatation therapy, they often refer to the stress relief benefits.  While floating is undeniably a good tool for stress relief, it’s also a good tool for building your stress resilience.  


Floating consistently helps you build a wall of defense against stress.  Over time, you find yourself being less influenced by heavy situations.  When things get put on your shoulders, they have a tendency to roll right off instead of weighing you down.


A couple days later, two of the people living in the house moved out.  Without warning, they got a U-Haul, loaded up most of their things, and left in the middle of the night without saying a word to any of us.  The bills were under their name.  It was also the beginning of the month, so in addition to having over $2,000 in utilities due, we now had to cover their rent.


There were now three of us remaining in the house.  A Float Guru, a former Float Guru, and the girlfriend of a Float Guru.  All three of us have made a practice of floating for years.  What did we do?  How did we feel?


We made a campfire in the firepit outback, roasted some hot dogs, and came up with a plan.  We were filled with calm optimism.  Spending nights by candle light, we lived for two weeks without power.  Slowly but surely, we’ve been making progress on everything.

I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t float consistently.  The ability to tackle this situation in a calm and efficient manner is something I’m incredibly thankful for.