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SEP 2018

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96 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 E very single day seems to bring reminders that it is a really tough time to be in law enforcement. It has always been a profession that wears on the mind, body, and soul. But you don't need me to tell you how deep the stress runs right now. is is why I write these articles about maximizing your per- formance and advocating that you devote some time to pur- posefully recovering from the demands of the job. To this end, when I run across anything that I think can help you—especially about recovery—I like to share what I have learned. I have found a way for you to spend some time decompressing from the rigors of the job that actually re- quires you to do nothing at all. Can you even imagine doing nothing? If not, let's discuss floating. WHAT THE H*LL IS FLOATING? That's the typical response I receive from my brothers and sisters in blue when I ask them if they have tried floating. e less blunt people just give me that inquisitive look mixed with a hint of skepticism as they invite me to tell them about floating. at's always fun. Here is what I tell them . . . floating occurs in a pod or chamber that is filled with approximately 10 inches of wa- Enhance your recovery by taking the time to do nothing. Spending time in a flotation tank can relieve stress by allowing your mind to let go of daily worries and your muscles to relax, without any outside stimuli to distract you. BENEFITS OF FLOATING Officer Fitness GEORGE RYAN PHOTO: HTTPS:// W W W.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/ULLESKELF/

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