Hack your stress management with Sensory Deprivation
“Did you see my post in the chat?”
“... No. What’s up?”
“The power is out.”
“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.