RULE: Schedule Time to Unwind


As the years go by, I’ve noticed how life actually seems to get more complicated each year.  If I don’t make myself take a moment things can really amp up. Inside and out.

Recently I encountered a Groupon for The Float Shoppe, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  The floating experience goes a little something like this: You are assigned an open salt water pool (for the claustrophobic) or a closable “pod” (for the more daring, see picture below) where, once you are afloat inside (you get an inflatable pillow), there will be no light, no sounds (because you have earplugs in), and the feeling of weightlessness (or slight awkwardness, as you are floating naked in the dark in a saltwater pod).



After I got over the awkwardness, allowed my mind to settle (STOP with the THINKING all the time!), it was super relaxing. Funny how it took booking and paying for “quiet time” to actually unwind.

Now you don’t have to submerge yourself in a float tank to relax, but perhaps a regular yoga class, a meditation practice, or even a hot bath regularly can help get you back to neutral.

Schedule some unwind time.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RULE: Schedule Time to Unwind

    1. yeah, it’s not everyday you get to have an entirely new/foreign experience.
      not sure i’d pay full price for it, but a lot of people in the waiting room swore it was how they kept back pain, migraines, stress away.

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