Flow State - the positive psychology method you need now.
Some of you may have heard about Flow State, especially if you're a frequent listener to Podcasts from the likes of Melissa Ambrosini, however for many, it is a completely new concept. With no real inkling as to what it might actually be about!
So you know when you're doing something - like icing a birthday cake, cleaning the bathroom (if you're like me and find cleaning therapeutic), hiking through a forest, driving and listening to an audiobook, meditating, writing a letter or story (if you're the creative type) or even stand-up-paddle-boarding?
What you're doing there - right then - is called Flow State.
You are IN THE ZONE. You are LOST IN TIME. You are ENJOYING yourself.
It is a place within our psyche that involves concentration, attention and intrigue BUT it is not majorly difficult or challenging. It might tweak our determination a bit and engage us, but it is not so hard that we are reluctant to do it nor do we not enjoy the process.
Flow State is a state of mind that is at play when your attention is captured and for that very moment (or moments, if you're like me, and take an hour to ice a cake) you are no where else but completely present to what you are doing.
Nothing else matters. Nothing else is popping into your mind, or if it does it is quickly shunned away by your concentration.
Why is it so important?
The clever little people over in neuroscience and positive psychology realised that when your brain is in Flow State it is:
You see, being in the Flow State actually improves your health!
It improves our health so majestically by reducing blood pressure, reducing excess stress chemicals in the brain, stabilising your blood sugar and in the long run balancing your hormones and reducing adrenal fatigue!
So including 15-30 minutes of Flow State activity - whatever tickles your fancy - each and every day will improve your health and therefore your quality of life!
We hear about people spending hours crocheting, building something in their shed, exploring the wilderness, dancing freely to music... these people are in their FLOW STATE and they are likely to be happier and healthier than those who do not engage in this kind of activity.
Now, you might liken it to spending quality time doing something you enjoy - and it is definitely that.
As long as when you are doing it, you are immersed in it completely and time seems to fly by?
Then you know you are in your own Flow State, and isn't that wonderful you are doing something for YOU.
Something that fills your cup, whilst also reducing your physiological stress and making you healthier.
Yay for neuroscience and positive psychology!
Watch below for an in-depth understanding of the FLOW STATE...
Enjoy! Light and love,