Hey tribe! Welcome to our blog! What better way to start than with a 30 DAY FLOAT CHALLENGE! For 30 days I, Savanna, will spend at least 60 minutes in a float pod. I'm no stranger to floating and I've experienced some pretty amazing results, but I've never floated for longer than 2 hours and I've never floated for 30 consecutive days. I'm super excited about getting in there and experimenting a bit, and I'll be reporting my findings here! I'm particularly interested in how floating can be used as a tool to help beat addictions, so along with floating every day I will also be quitting 1 bad habit each week. Week 1 - CAFFEINE, Week 2 - SUGAR, Week 3 - ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES, Week 4 - PROCESSED FOODS among other things (ketogenic diet). I'm also keen to discover how floating can help with athletic recovery so I plan on experimenting with floating before and after personal training sessions and yoga classes.
I think it's important to give you some insight into how I'm feeling in the present, my physical and mental health history and the issues I'm looking to improve on throughout this challenge.
*note* I use the word "healthy" a lot but the idea of "healthy" is so subjective… my idea might be totally different to your idea, and sometimes I wonder if my idea of good health is a little unrealistic, but whatever. Overall I am pretty healthy, none of my problems are life threatening or debilitating enough to stop me from doing what I want to do and I am very grateful for that. I am also aware however, that the combination of my ailments might point towards auto-immune disease (which runs in my family) later in life, so I'm trying my best to get on top of things now while I'm young.
My number one physical health problem is I have PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition in which a woman’s levels of oestrogen and progesterone are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries). The main symptoms I experience are fatigue, headaches, moodiness, acne and an irregular menstrual cycle. I'm one of the lucky ones and my case is not too severe (only mild insulin resistance and my weight yo-yo's but not too drastically). Basically, if I don't look after myself I feel like I'm going through puberty all over again… not pretty. Aside from PCOS I also suffer from year-round allergies (hay-fever like symptoms) and just general aches and pains mainly in my neck, shoulders and knees which I think are due to stress and inflammation. I can usually keep all these issues under control with regular exercise and a strict diet but this Summer I've just thought "fuck it" and… you know… YOLO.
Mentally I'm doing ok. I've suffered from anxiety and depression (to varying degrees) on and off all my life, and I've found that this is directly relatable to my physical health. Depression always hits me in winter, so I've wondered if I maybe have SAD (seasonal affective disorder - a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons, generally affecting people in winter, possibly linked to vitamin D intake and low serotonin levels) or it could also be that I'm not very good at exercising in winter so my PCOS starts acting up. Lately I've been experiencing some pretty strong bouts of anxiety so I'm really interested to see how I'm feeling once this 30 days is up.
Over the past few months I haven't been taking care of myself at all, I've been drinking, smoking, smashing the coffees, exercising rarely and eating whatever I damn well please. It's been amazing, but Summer is now over and its time to get some routine happening again. I've started suffering from daily headaches, and I've become far too reliant on pain killers like paracetamol, ibuprofen and codeine to get me through. I'm expecting I'll be experiencing some headaches in the first couple of weeks when I give up caffeine and sugar, so I'm going to try using curcumin caps (the active anti-inflammatory component in turmeric) along with my regular floating to try and ease the pain.
It would have been interesting to measure some variables like blood pressure, cortisol (stress hormone!), sleep and memory etc. before and after this experiment, but seeing as I'm also trying to quit a new thing each week, I wouldn't actually be able to attribute all the positive effects to floating. If I manage to stick to this health tip and get my diet and exercise routine sorted I would love to try this all over again with controlled variables.
Over the next 4 weeks I'll be monitoring how I feel each day pre-float and post-float and I'll be blogging about my experiences along with a range of other topics (meditation, mindfulness, nutrition, physical health etc) HERE.
Much love to you all,