Let’s talk this week about getting back to the basics. You may have noticed that’s been a bit of a theme for me over my last several columns, and I want to touch on several topics today in that same subject.

For starters, I went back to “floating.” It had been over a year since I had floated, and my return was overdue. What’s floating, you may ask?

It's called a sensory deprivation tank, and it's something that is used to help you relax, meditate, and it can be helpful in treating anxiety, depression, can provide pain relief, stress relief, and mental clarity as well.

The container--sometimes referred to as a "pod tank" or "chamber"--is soundproof and pitch black, creating an environment for our bodies to be free from gravity and other external forces… Or as much as it can be here on earth.

The temperature is "skin receptor neutral", meaning the water is virtually undetectable by the sense of touch. And Epsom salts add density of the water making your body buoyant while floating on your back in the container. From the darkness, to the sound-proofing, to the buoyant nature of the water, it all

works to create a very rejuvenating effect on the human body. It's about as close to outer space as one can get! While floating, our bodies and minds can sink away from the world that is built up around us and instead turn our focus internally. This truly helps deal with and address some of those anxiety

issues or claustrophobia or other problems which may make your mind race.

This particular floating session was much more of a ‘nap’ than it was a float, as I almost immediately was sleeping away my session in the tank. Apparently that’s what I needed on that day. But I’ll take it, and I look forward to going back.

In another effort to get back to basics, I have tried to make a point of making sure I am covering the basics when it comes to nutritional supplements. I highly recommend all of the people I work with are taking Vitamin D, omega-3’s, and magnesium. From there, we can discuss additional nutritional needs

and concerns…but those are the basic supplements that I take daily.

Another aspect of getting back to basics, is to get moving. We don’t need to complicate this with an expensive piece of exercise equipment, or a monthly gym membership. We just need to move. The days are getting longer…the temperatures are getting warmer…let’s get outside and move!

And finally, get back to basics on what you invest your energy in. I am doing my best to get away from social media and computer screens. I’m working to read more, write more, and talk to people more.

What drove me to go “float” in the first place was a lot of anxiety and major difficulty in being alone with my own thoughts. That wasn’t a fun place to be, and it still isn’t, but with practice, and with better and healthier relationships with people who care, it can get easier. So choose wisely.

I must, however, warn you. There could be side effects of getting back to the basics. Here are some of them (and read them in a fast-paced low tone like they do in pharmaceutical commercials):

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

2.  Frequent attacks of smiling, pain-free movement, and increased energy levels.

3.  Feelings of being connected with others and nature.

4.  Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

5.  A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.

6.  An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

7.  A loss of ability to worry.

8.  A loss of interest in conflict.

9.  A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

10.  A loss of interest in judging others.

11.  A loss of interest in judging self.

12.  Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything.

If you begin to experience any or all of these symptoms, consult your local chiropractor at once at 894-2399 or via email at nwg@gieblerchiropractic.com and let’s share in the success!

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