Why Margaret Started Virtual Reality for Pain & Anxiety
Can you give us a brief introduction of yourself?
My name is Margaret and I was diagnosed about three years ago with a rare cancer and I've been through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy for about two years. One of my goals just on a day-to-day basis is to try to stay positive and find all the things that I can do.
What drew you to Flowly?
What drew me to Flowly was the comprehensive approach. VR as well as the biofeedback together was something that I thought might really sort of fill the gaps. With the other apps, I've been dependent on listening to the app. I need somebody to talk me through it and when I tried to do that on my own, I just keep going around in circles. With Flowly, I can just close my eyes and I can envision the experience, see the graphs in front of me so I can regulate my breathing, based on that. Being able to understand more about what's happening to my body really allowing me to use a meditation tool through my day-to-day life, not just while I'm sitting there with the the actual experience at the moment.
What is your routine with Flowly?
My routine with Flowly is I want to make sure that I do it every day. I'm working and I'm really busy. I don't have a lot of time but I do have time before I go to bed every night. So I keep it right by my bed. I set everything up just as I'm going to bed. The room is dark and yet I put my my headset on and I feel like I'm in this almost like a fantasy world. I do Wave World the most and I feel like I'm on the beach. I feel like the surf is just coming right up to me. Sometimes the room I do it in is a little bit cool and it sort of feels like the ocean. The coolness of the ocean is on my skin and some of the narrative in Flowly can refer to those things. I watched the breathing and then I find that by the end of Flowly I'm maybe drifting off a little bit, enjoying a little bit, looking around the world. I just appreciate the surf coming in, the music, it also helps to clear my mind. That's one of the key points of the meditation is to just release all the things that you've been thinking about all the little stresses and Flowly really right before I go to bed it just allows me to focus on something. Once I turn that off, my mind is very fresh and it doesn't have a lot of clutter and that also is part of what allows me to sleep better.