And We All Float On…In A Float Tank To Help With Anxiety

We are two months into 2018, and I’ve been trying to take some steps to manage my sometimes crippling anxiety. And when I say steps, I’m talking small, manageable things that aren’t going to feel overwhelming.

The first thing I did was purchase a small diffuser to use at night. When I go to bed, I use a few drops of a lavender essential oil which is pretty soothing. Not just the scent, but the sound of the diffuser as well.

Also, I bought a lovely little notebook and I’ve been writing one positive thing that happens to me each day. Which can be a little tough, but so far I’ve been able to do it. It helps that I can always use Timmy’s cuteness and snuggling ability as an entry.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for recommendations on handling anxiety and someone recommended trying out Capitol Floats. Which was cool, because I’d actually tried them out back in December.

Image from Capitol Floats

If you’ve never been floating, it’s essentially a tank of water loaded with enough salt to make you bouyant. Like the name suggests, you just float on top of the water in the small-ish chamber.

The first time I visited the facility, I could definitely tell that floating would be helpful. This zen feeling just hits you as soon as you walk through the doors. I felt it was something that would take practice though. It’s like meditation—it has immense benefits but you can’t expect to just be good at it. Clearing your mind and relaxing is hard. Doing it for an hour is a big challenge, at least for me.

But, I am at a point that I am willing to take it on. Capitol Floats hooked me up with the three float package, which is generally what they recommend starting with. My plan is to go once every two weeks and reassess at that point. But I wanted to share my journey because I know I am not the only one out there struggling with anxiety.

The Floating Process

So when you book your float, you’ll pick a room. Each room has a shower and a float tank.

Room 4

You get undressed (we are talking full nakedness here), pop in your earplugs (provided to you), then shower to get off oils and whatever else you’re carrying around from the day. When that’s done, it’s time to enter the tank and hang out for 60 minutes.

The tank itself is heated, and you can listen to some soothing music and keep the  blue light on if you so choose. Let me just say though, I kept the light on my first float and turned it for the second one.

Image from Capitol Floats

For me, floating in total darkness made a huge difference. You just kind of melt into the water and become one with the space.

Now, an hour is a long time. On my second float, I did really well in 20 minute increments. I forgot to take of my Vivofit so I was checking the time occasionally which was a hindrance. My goal is to make it the whole hour without checking, but that will come with time and experience.

I don’t remember exactly how I felt after my first float, but I was so relaxed after the second one. They also have a really cool post-float space with water, kombucha and materials to harness those creative juices that are at their peak.

Note that you are going to be super salty, literally, after you float. So, maybe don’t go right before an event. Give yourself some time to decompress.

Image from Capitol Floats

Each float is different, but I am excited to see how I do on the third one. You’re encouraged to go in without any expectations, which is helpful. Focus on your breathing to begin with, then just let the float happen.

I will be going back in in about a week and a half, and I will definitely follow up with how the next float goes. Hopefully I remember to take off my Garmin so I can’t check the time.

I’ve been working on this whole anxiety/depression thing since middle school, so I definitely know that finding ways to manage that work for me is a journey. I think I am on the right path though.

Capitol Floats is a local company that I have the pleasure of partnering with in exchange for my honest review(s). All thoughts & opinions are my own.

My Top Five Restaurants In Sacramento [With Photos!]

Hi. My name is Jenna and I love food. A lot. It makes me super happy.

I’ve only been in Sacramento for a little over two years, and every time I start to make a dent in my list of places to eat, I have to add like three more. I’ve done pretty well though, so I think it’s time to share my faves. Then hopefully you’ll tell me what I need to add.

First let’s go for some of the places that didn’t make it but that I enjoy.

Cafeteria 15L because the place is huge and the patio is awesome. Also, bottomless mimosas are always a yes in my book.

As far as burgers are concerned, I know In-N-Out isn’t strictly Sacramento, but it’s here and it’s good. Not the fries, just the burger. I also loves me a good cheese skirt from Squeeze Burger.

And I’m currently obsessed with the Tai Pho at Pho Saigon Bay, the donut ice cream cones at Sweet Dozen, and the ridiculously amazing hot chocolate at Ginger Elizabeth’s. Oh, and Chando’s Tacos has never steered me wrong.

5. Mikuni Sushi

It took me a while to actually make it into Mikuni. There is a lot of hype surrounding this place. Plus, I am not the biggest sushi fan. But I have to say, I was impressed. The first time we went for happy hour and it was a pretty good menu—selection and price wise. The standout for me was the Mikey Handroll.

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I could eat 12 of them. Plus the staff and the atmosphere are  pretty darn great.

4. Cabana Winery

We stumbled upon this tiny place when we used to live in East Sacramento and were pleasantly surprised. The food can sometimes take a while and there are only about six tables inside, along with a bar, but the chicken apple pizza makes up for it.

We’re talking chicken apple sausage, apple slices, arugula, onion, a lemon honey glaze and gouda. These are a few of my favorite things. Sadly, they have moved their tasting room to Lodi so I might have to do a little road trip soon.

3. Frank Fat’s

I am so glad I picked this as one of my Dine Downtown places this year. All of the food was good, but the Walnut Prawns was literally the best shrimp dish I have ever had at a restaurant. Or anywhere for that matter. Three of us went and I ate 80 percent of the prawns. Sorry dudes.

2. Selland’s

Or really anything in this company: OBO, Ella and probably The Kitchen but I am poor so I haven’t been to the last one. I have never had something I didn’t like at one of their locations and I love the whole “see your food before you eat it” thing.

Plus, there are a lot options and you get points. One day I’ll earn that free pizza.

1. South 

We take everyone that comes to visit us here to eat. It is my favorite place and home to the best fried chicken and biscuit I have ever had. Even the kale is straight up delicious. It’s a place where I order the same thing every time—Petey’s Chicken with a side of mac and cheese—but try samples from whoever comes with me.

Go there. Get the fried chicken. Bring me some.

Now with all that said, I still have some places on my list to try: Empress Tavern, Fox & Goose, The Federalist, Burgers and Brew, One Speed, Tower Cafe, Canon and Aioli Bodega to name way more than a few.

But what wasn’t mentioned here that you think I NEED to give a try?

Things To Do Before I Die: My Bucket List Version 2.018

Last week I posted about my old bucket list from 2012. Without ever looking back on it, I managed to check off all but one thing over the past five years. I am pret-ty impressed by that. But now, I need to update this sucker.

Learn to Sew

This is the one thing I didn’t quite manage to accomplish. I did take a three session class and acquire a sewing machine. But I was a little strapped for cash and time last year. I will probably always feel that way, but I refuse to just leave the machine in the box. I want to be a hemming champion so this stays on the list.

Leave The Country

Traveling is always going to be on the list. But, hopefully this year I can actually get to Canada. It just seems ridiculous that it’s so close and I still don’t have that stamp in my passport. I’d also like to get back to Europe. I need to explore Ireland, Scotland, England, Greece and Spain.

Become A Chopped Champion

I am not seeking validation for my cooking skills. I don’t want to be on the show, I literally want to learn to chop…and julienne and all the other fancy knife skills chefs have. I don’t know why, but I think it would be so cool to show up to parties and prepare fresh veggies. I’d be the lady that for some reason knows how to chop stuff really well.

Knit A Solid Scarf

I started a mustard-colored scarf during a Sip and Knit class and I still haven’t finished it. Not because I can’t or don’t want to. Just because it’s so awful that I don’t know what I am going to do with it. Probably force Zach to wear it. But, I want to learn how to knit like a more-skilled beginner and be able to fix my mistakes. Then I can knit scarves for shelter dogs. Is that a thing? It will be.

Adopt A Bonded Pair Of Dogs

This one is for later down the road. When Tim dies at a really old age, I would like to start fostering older dogs or adopt one that Little gets along with. Then, when they both leave this world at like 22, I want to adopt a bonded pair. They are generally harder to adopt out and tend to be in the shelter longer than single dogs. I also clearly want to keep fostering pups throughout life. My other goal is to be a foster failure, which I assume will be really easy.

Go Skiing

This one should be really simple, considering I live two hours from Tahoe. I had a really bad experience when I was a kid skiing and have not tried it since. It’s been like 25 years, so I should probably get the sport another go.

Start A Web/Graphic Design Certificate Program

I love Photoshop and design in general, but I have never learned how to actually use the software. I’ve just made do and played around. I know that web and graphic design are key elements to any communication job, so it’s a skill set I need. It’s also one that I enjoy and one that ties together everything else I do (writing, blogging, social media, on air etc.)

Buy A House With A Pool

This is like the ultimate adult thing in my head. I am not ready for it yet. I don’t fully know where I want to live for a long period of time. I’ve been out of Indiana for over five-year now, but I’ve been in three different cities since then. One day though, imma have the best pool parties. (They’ll just be me with a drink in my hand on a float and my dogs nearby.) Also, I am poor.

Have A She-Shed

Which as Alex Dunphy points out, should just be a shed. I try to decorate with Zach in mind for most projects. But I would love to one day have a small, get-away space that’s just for me where I can go balls to the wall on florals and rustic decor.

Order One Of Everything At A Restaurant

When I feel like I can do this and not regret it financially, that’s how I’ll know that I’ve made it. Zach thought about taking me to McDonald’s and doing this when he proposed. He didn’t. He should’ve. One day.

See The Juliana Theory Live

I didn’t go see them in Michigan in high school. Then they broke up in college. THEN they had a reunion tour. I bought tickets, and then they decided to reunite and work on a new album and canceled the reunion tour. I mean, it’s cool new music I guess. But I don’t want to see new music on tour. I want to see the songs I already know and love and never got to see in person.

Be A Judge At A Food Competition

I’m looking at you Sac Burger Battle and Sacramento Donut Fest.

Take A Cross-Country Road Trip In An RV

I don’t know why I want to do this. I feel like I will actually hate it since I get carsick and that’s a lot of time in a vehicle, but it just seems like something everyone needs to do.

Go To A Calligraphy Course

Putting a good ink pen on paper will never get old to me. I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER particular about my pens. I loves me a good Sharpie Ink pen or a ball-point pen. I’d love to be able to create pretty cards and quotes just for fun.

Stay In A Unique AirBNB

It could be a yurt, treehouse, tiny house or even an airstream. If it has string lights, that would be even better.