Ahhh coffee… my unhealthy caffeine dependency must come to an end. I know coffee isn't necessarily bad for everyone, but I certainly feel its not doing me any favours. If I drink just ONE coffee I can feel my anxiety levels rising and my heart starts beating like a broken clock. At the time I feel like its helping me be more productive, but in hindsight I think I'm just running around feeling totally overwhelmed - in a constant state of overdrive. There's a common understanding that coffee is for increased productivity but really it's just a socially accepted stimulant.
For the first few days I allowed myself a cup of tea in the morning to get started. Tea helps. This week I've chosen to have my floats at 4:30pm when I finish work. Late afternoon floats are like a little siesta, and I find thats when I crave it the most. The first few floats were amazing and well needed. I barely moved a muscle and came out feeling calm and content.
On day 4 I woke up feeling totally alert and energised - no tea needed! For anyone out there reading this thinking "30 floats a month! I can't afford that!" - I'm urging you to take advantage of our $150 intro offer (3 x 60 minute sessions) and try floating for just 3 consecutive days. The benefits are endless, especially if you're trying to kick a bad habit like me. Float 4 was also a post-exercise float, which can be difficult if you're still hyped up on adrenaline. At one point I was convinced that I could hear the tendons in my eye making a weird rubber band sound when I moved my eyes from left to right and let me tell you it was deeply disconcerting. However I also claim to be able to "hear" when lights have been left on in other rooms so maybe I have super human hearing… or maybe I'm having auditory hallucinations.
Saturday afternoon was the end of my work week so I was feeling pretty exhausted, but after my float I was feelin' fine and ready to party. Floating can go either way for me, it either sends me home to bed feeling blissfully sleepy and relaxed or it gives me a second wind and I'm full of energy. It's hard to tell which way it will go. I went out Saturday night and woke up in the morning feeling like absolute death. A casual beer at the pub turned into lots and lots of vodka. I spent the day laying in bed eating toast and feeling sorry for myself so I was a bit nervous about getting my ass to the float centre - but the floats must go on! I think I had forgotten how useful floating can be for hangovers as I don't usually drink much. I came out feeling completely cured - PRAISE THE POD! I just wish I had floated earlier in the day. Alcohol effects magnesium levels in the same way that diuretics do - it increases the excretion of magnesium by the kidneys which lowers magnesium available to the cells. Consuming (or in this case, absorbing) sufficient amounts of magnesium can also help to prevent and treat liver problems, so it makes sense that floating would be great for hangovers.
Monday night - 8:30pm - I'm at home smashing heaps of chocolate because tomorrow I QUIT SUGAR. Suddenly I realise I haven't floated yet… oops! I rushed to work, slipped in a pod and spent the whole time bouncing off the walls from all the chocolate I had just eaten. Haha! I spent my float stretching it out so I still left feeling better than before I got in. It's really interesting to see how things like theobromine (found in cacao) and sugar effect me. It's barely noticeable when I'm outside the pod, but once in a sensory deprivation environment you really tune into all the sounds and sensations present in your body - heart beating, bones creaking, breathing - everything is amplified in the pod. Theobromine causes levels of serotonin in your brain to rise, so I was also feeling waves of euphoria. Having this experience the night before quitting sugar was interesting and well timed.
I think the main thing I've noticed during this first week was a change in my sleeping patterns. If I don't set an alarm I will usually sleep for 9 or 10 hours, but this week my body clock has me waking up naturally after 8 hours each morning! The second thing I've noticed is I haven't had anxiety this week, so thats huge. Rooibos tea and caffeine free chai are my new best friends, and I'm excited (but nervous) for next week - quitting SUGAR.
Wish me luck!