We know that switching your mind off and practicing mindfulness when you float can be incredibly challenging for some people. So we asked one of our Psychologists, Kobie Allison to give us her top 5 tips for how you can prepare for your float experience by training your brain to switch off.
- Opt for music on for the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes to fully engage in sensory deprivation
- Prepare for the thoughts in your mind to race. This is natural and its okay.
- Take a personal inventory, by asking yourself "How am I feeling? How am I feeling now?" Repeat.
- Focus on your breathing: when you breathe in, your stomach expands, when you breathe out, your stomach deflates. When the thoughts start to race, keep bringing attention back to your breathing.
- Know that you can opt out at any time & enjoy a warm shower
Acknowledge your thoughts that come into your mind and allow them to pass you by. Mindfulness experts Head Space suggests treating the thoughts coming and going in your mind like a highway full of traffic. You can't stop all the cars that come past, but you can see them, acknowledge them and watch them go past.