Being completely vulnerable by floating, face down, in the ocean helps alleviate fear, depression, anxiety and stress.
Our brain has evolved to always be on alert when in our surroundings.
The energy that's allocated to constant monitoring and "threat assessment" can be diverted towards more productive endeavors.
One way of deactivating the "constant monitoring" and fear is to make yourself completely vulnerable.
The best way, that I've found, to do this is to go into the ocean and put your face in the water and put your arms out.
It actually works better when there are other people around.
Because when you make yourself completely vulnerable yet you turn off the monitoring, you realize that you actually do not need the stress that comes along with the constant monitoring at all.
You can train yourself to not be on alert and to not live with stress.
This will help you live a happier, more productive and healthier life.
You will also have more energy.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to practice this exercise.
I do it every time I'm at the ocean.
Again, to repeat how I do it:
1) I go to the ocean or a lake where there are other people (I prefer to go to South Pointe in Miami)
2) I put my face in the water and hold my breath
3) I try to calm the fear and thoughts, such as "what happens if this person bumps into me" by focusing on my breath
4) I soon reach a calm state where I realize that my constant monitoring and alertness is not a benefit, rather it's a detriment
5) It's important to practice this floating therapy as much as you can. It will help increase feelings of love and kindness.
I don't think that it leads to sensory deprivation like other float tanks, but... the flotation definitely helps me with anxiety and it may be able to help others with depression and mental illness.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
1) Managing Anxiety with Floatation Therapy
The Floatation Centre
2) Investigating Anxiety in the Float Tank
3) Dr. Justin Feinstein - Floating with Anxiety/PTSD/Depression - Float Conference 2017
4) Dr. Justin Feinstein on the Float Tank's Potential as an Anxiety Treatment (Float Nation)
5) How sensory deprivation and floating impacts the brain
CBS This Morning
6) SENSORY DEPRIVATION IN A FLOTATION TANK | WHAT IS FLOAT THERAPY? | Doctor Mike
7) Float Therapy to Aid Anxiety and Depression
8) How A Sensory Deprivation Tank Feels
9) Introducing The Float Pod
10) Sensory Deprivation Tanks: Part 1/3 (Documentary)
11) 25 INSANE Facts About Sensory Deprivation Tanks
12) Just Float - The World's Largest Float Therapy Center
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