For most people, the holiday season is a special time of year spent with family and friends building lasting memories. But for others, the holidays evoke feelings of stress, sadness and loneliness. An increase in events, shopping, and decorating, can make our already busy schedules seem overwhelming. Many people also struggle with missing loved ones (who are no longer with us or those that live far away), which can trigger anxiety and lead to depression over the holidays and beyond.
3 THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN WE ALLOW STRESS AND ANXIETY TO TAKE UP SPACE IN OUR LIVES
#1 Holding your stress in can cause overall health disorders.
From migraines to becoming physically ill, holding stress in can cause immediate disorders to long term dysfunction and conditions to take place. Talking to someone about how you feel can help to relieve stress significantly.
#2 Being overwhelmed can cause panic attacks or ‘fight or flight’ tendencies
These conditions also make the body physically sick overtime. Finding something that brings you joy this season will relieve stress almost immediately.
#3 If you allow stress to rule in your psyche, isolation is an adverse side effect.
Isolation and avoidance are common in people with anxiety. It’s unhealthy for the body, mind and spirit to shut yourself away from the world. If you’ve got a friend that you can do something special with, or you can try volunteering or visiting a neighbor, which can lift the spirit immensely.
2 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO RIGHT NOW TO UNWIND AND FIND RELIEF FROM DEPRESSION
#1 Giving back always brings us joy and draws us closer to others.
Find a creative outlet to take in the festivities. Perhaps you love painting, cooking, or making crafts, finding a workshop or class that brings you joy is a great way to feel your worth, and you could always donate or gift what you’ve cooked or made to someone else. Giving is a great way to boost your mood.
#2 Destressing is key.
Find the time to meditate, pray, take a warm bath, go to the spa, exercise, and if you really want to deeply relax and rejuvenate your body, brain and spirit, visit a float tank spa.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF A FLOAT TANK?
Cloud9 float tanks relieve stress and anxiety immediately for numerous individuals.
Relaxation and meditation practices are essential methods to tamp down elevated stress hormones. When the body and mind are under increased levels of stress hormones, it can lead to multiple health disorders. If a person is under chronic stress or long term depression and anxiety, this can exacerbate issues such as fatigue, muscle weakness, depression, anxiety, mood changes, irritability, poor emotional control, concentration issues headaches and other physical symptoms. Studies have considered that float tanks are a valuable method for inducing relaxation and due to their high magnesium levels, they can also reduce pain and inflammation.
Float tanks were developed over 60 years ago, but it’s just now becoming mainstream. Many of us have heard so much in the media about the benefits of floating therapy, but the details of the health benefits are better explained here. A float spa is an ultimate escape for overall health improvement. Whether referred to as sensory deprivation tanks, float tanks or simply “floating,” deprivation therapy treatments diminish nearly all sights, sounds, smells and touch, earning a reputation for naturally easing many ailments. Floaters report sensory deprivation tank benefits include insomnia cures and relief from chronic pain, anxiety, depression and even addiction. Perhaps the beauty in all of this is that these reported benefits are possible without a doctor’s visit, breaking a sweat or filling any prescriptions.
CLOUD9 FLOAT SPA IN FORT MYERS, FL
Floating, also known as Flotation Therapy, has been used for years for its mental, spiritual, meditative, and physical benefits and has a vast amount of published research to support its claims. You will experience zero gravity weightlessness! There is 1000 lbs. of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in the shallow water you float in, so your body is extremely buoyant. This ratio is comparable to the salt ratio of the Dead Sea and allows for the most advantageous experience for the body and mind.
Inside the float tank, the water is shallow and kept at 93.5 degrees. This is considered skin-receptor neutral, which means that you can lose track of where your body ends, and the water begins. Skin-receptor neutral has many touted health benefits of its own, including meditative relaxation, which can help the body and mind calm and rejuvenate.
Your body gets to rest, without stress and heal.
CLOUD9 FLOAT SPA & WELLNESS CENTER
13710 Metropolis Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33912