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[CHAT] Relaxation

2014 was such a busy year for young people everywhere and it probably won’t change all that much in 2015. Our lives have become so jam packed with all sorts of responsibilities and commitments, we have so many things to do and places to be. While we’re so preoccupied with everything going on, it’s easy to forget to take time out for ourselves, to practice self-care so that we avoid burning out.

 

We’ve all been there. When you feel physically and mentally exhausted. Nothing seems to be going your way and you don’t have the strength to keep moving forward. At least that’s how it was for me. This year, there were just too many things happening at once. I was unsatisfied with my job, Uni assignments were pilling on, I was having relationship problems and because of a back injury I couldn’t even work out. I needed a way to reset. Some way I could refresh my mind and my body.

I had heard about a float tank from a podcast and after doing some research I thought this might really be able to help. Then I remembered hey… this looks familiar.

 

 

I really didn’t know what to expect from the experience. I had read about what it felt like to be in a float tank but to actually do it was… like nothing I’ve  done before. Haven’t heard how it works? Basically, you jump into this tank and close the door, lying in water that is highly concentrated with Epsom salt allowing you to float effortlessly. The tank is big enough so that you’re able to lie comfortably with both your arms above your head. The water in the tank is heated to the same temperature as your skin, so after a while you begin to lose feeling of your body. After some time just breathing, relaxing and trying to let go you feel just that, no longer knowing where the edge of the tank is. For me it was like it was just my mind floating out in the open.

 

When you’re in the tank you realise just how active your brain is going and not in a good way. Depending on the person it could take longer for them to switch off. The float tank allows the logical side of your brain to shut off and your creative side to activate. In my deep relaxation I entered a dream-like state which must have been my own imagination coming out to play. When the music turned on, signalling that my one hour session was over, I got out of the tank and felt super relaxed. It didn’t even feel like an hour, my back felt better due to floating freely. As I left the float centre, I felt a new level of relaxation I had never reached before. It really felt like I was starting fresh. I was ready to take on tomorrow. And the float tank taught me many things about relaxation.

 

  • Treat relaxation like an appointment with yourself and that you deserve this free time to relax. With that approach it makes the free time special, something to look forward to. You could be doing anything to relax; eating food, watching a movie, listening to some music.
  • Remember to be creative. You need that balance between the two sides of your brain and be a little creative in how you relax. It doesn’t have to be extravagant; just listening to different genres of music, trying a new dessert recipe, read a book and exercise your imagination!
  • Putting the phone away. It’s great to have constant updates from social media, but you’re not losing anything by being away from your phone so you can relax. This is especially the case if your phone is the source of your stress. Another way of looking at this is there could be so much going on in your life. It’s okay to step away from it for a while to relax.
  • Be open minded. If I wasn’t open minded about the float tank I would have never tried it out and I wouldn’t learn these things. So when your friend says try eating a Splice ice cream in the shower after a night out, you never know they might be onto something!
  • It’s worth the cost if it benefits you. When I’ve told people this story I’ve gotten responses like, “So you paid money to go lie in a tank for an hour?” You should never put a price on your wellbeing and it’s the same with relaxation.

Share your experiences with relaxation. Tell us what you did and how it helped you. Join us on the forum on Monday November 10th 8 pm AEDT. Hope to see you there!

Re: [CHAT] Relaxation

Hi everyone! 

 

Welcome to tonight's Getting Real Session on the topic of relaxation Smiley Happy The final months of the year are always a really busy. Year 12s are currently doing their hsc exams (STRESS). University students also have exams (STRESS). In addition to all the other things we have to do such as work commitments (MORE STRESS), Xmas is around the corner that means xmas shopping, planning or attending parties! (EVEN MORE STRESS) Luckily, this is also the time of the year when we start to take time out to and unwind. But instead of only relaxing at the end of the year, why not make relaxation apart of your lifestyle?

 

Tonight our chat will be moderated by @Myvo , @Billy-RO and myself! As always we’d like to remind you to take a look at, and abide by the community guidelines  – just so we can keep this safe and awesome as possible. But, if at anytime, you feel that you need to talk, please check out emergency help

 

Okay let's get started!

 

1. We don’t just relax because it’s fun; there is actually a really strong connection between relaxation and our mental and physical health. So our first question is: What are the ways you relax?

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Hey hey everyone! Smiley Very Happy

 

1. We don’t just relax because it’s fun; there is actually a really strong connection between relaxation and our mental and physical health. So our first question is: What are the ways you relax?

I relax by reading, watching movies, napping and listening to music!

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G'DAY TEAM! Welcome to tonight's GR session.

1. We don’t just relax because it’s fun; there is actually a really strong connection between relaxation and our mental and physical health. So our first question is: What are the ways you relax?

 

I relax by cooking. I find that after a long day at work, walking to the supermarket through the park, and then browsing the aisles for something to eat really clears my head. Then in the kitchen, cranking some music while following a recipe really lets me use a different part of my brain, blocking out anything that may be stressing me out. When the meal is ready - slothing on the couch in front of the TV really is the cherry on top.

 

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1. We don’t just relax because it’s fun; there is actually a really strong connection between relaxation and our mental and physical health. So our first question is: What are the ways you relax?

 

Hey everyone!! 

 

Playing music with others or just alone. Take the dogs for a walk. 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

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@Myvo  Oh man, napping is probably the best thing ever. I had a nap in the park yesterday. Mild case of sunburn aside, I was so chilled out afterwards.

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@Billy-RO YEEEESSSSS! Cooking's the best Smiley Very Happy There's the misconceptions out there that making a home-cooked meal takes so much effort and time. That may be true (depending on what you're cooking), but it is sooo worth it!

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Hey @j95 ! Welcome to our chat tonight!

Man, wish I had dogs! Pets are the best when it comes to calming down and relaxing Smiley Very Happy

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Welcome @j95 !

 

Walking the dogs sounds like the fun. I walk my partner's dog most mornings and I find it really gets me in the right headspace before a day at work. 

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@Billy-RO i'm the same with cooking - some people on here have taken note of how often I say I'm cooking and cleaning, this is why! haha

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//