Sugar has been the hardest thing I've ever had to quit, harder than quitting smoking when I was a full time smoker, harder that quitting coffee etc etc. I've had visual hallucinations of sweet treats appearing out of thin air (like homer with donuts) and I once felt the urge to punch my partner in the face when he hid a packet of mint slice from me. I think that was the moment I realised I had a serious problem with sugar. When I saw that I had accidentally timed my "quitting sugar" week with the same week that I would be experiencing PMS I was filled with dread and self doubt. Giving up the sweet stuff is hard enough, but giving up chocolate when I've got PMS? God help us all.
Can you imagine my surprise when I breezed through this week with little to no sugar cravings or PMS symptoms at all?! I even sat with people eating cake and donuts on several occasions and felt totally in control. Over the past 6 months (since Float Fremantle has been open) I've made a habit of floating in the week leading up to my period and I feel its had an ENORMOUS effect on my well-being. Before I started floating regularly my PMS symptoms were bordering on PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder), effecting myself and everyone around me. There are several ways that floating can help prevent, treat and eradicate PMS.
1 - MAGNESIUM ABSORPTION. Ever wonder why you crave chocolate before your period? It’s because your body is clamouring for magnesium, and, ounce for ounce, cacao has more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle - the higher the estrogen or progesterone, the lower the magnesium. During the second half of the menstrual cycle, when both estrogen and progesterone are elevated, magnesium levels plummet. This can result in spasms in the brain arteries — a prelude to PMS and migraines. Increasing dietary and supplemental magnesium can help relieve PMS-related symptoms, such as headaches, bloating, low blood sugar, dizziness, fluid retention, mood swings and sugar cravings.
2 - STRESS RELIEF - Floating provides us with a safe space to relax, recuperate and re-evaluate. PMS can cause hectic mood swings and it can be hugely beneficial to take a step back, remove yourself from the situation and take some "me time". Yeah I'm a grown ass woman, but sometimes I just need a TIME OUT. Some people can also feel a little slow and clumsy leading up to their period so floating can help you feel mentally sharper and bring your A-game back.
3 - PAIN RELIEF - Sore backs, aching legs and headaches! Floating takes the pressure off joints and relaxes muscles in an anti-gravity-like environment.
Aside from PMS relief and virtually no sugar cravings, I've also noticed my skin feels soft and smooth (incredible considering I would usually be breaking out around this time) my hair looks shinier and more volumized and 2 people have commented on my eyes looking brighter! I treated myself to a float AND massage on one of my days off so I've been floating on cloud 9 ever since… I wonder if my good vibes and constant state of chill is starting to annoy people? Not that I care. All the weeks worries and drama (oh there has been drama, trust me) drift over me leaving me unfazed. Things that would usually set me off into a state of panic seem manageable if not inconsequential. 14 days in and I feel like I could keep doing this forever…