WHAT IS FLOW?
What's the key to a happy, healthy life?
It's doing activities you love with people you love!
Studies show that people who experience FLOW throughout their daily lives report a happier outlook, a more positive mood, and are overall more satisfied with their lives.
WHAT ARE FLOW ACTIVITIES?
FLOW activities are defined as:
"a mental state in which a person preforming an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."
Its those things in life that we love doing so much, that we lose track of time! It could be playing the guitar, gardening, listening to music, skiing the slopes, or playing with grandchildren! Everyone's flow activities are unique to each person - but they are all VITAL to a healthy, happy life!
FLOW Acupuncture is committed to helping you maximize your flow time by helping you reduce stress, pain, and other health concerns that can interfere with the things you love.
Start small: At first your flow experiences don't need to be epic adventures. They can be as simple as cooking a delicious meal or reading a good book. Look around for little things in your life that you look forward to and enjoy! Start there, and explore ways to make each activity you love a larger part of your life.
What were you doing when you were last so absorbed in something that you lost track of time? Be mindful of the next time this happens - you may already have flow activities in place without knowing it!
Take a class: Learn a new skill or craft that you have always been interested in! Upgrade your existing skills by learning more about your favorite hobby!
Flow at work: What are your favorite tasks within your job? Do you perform these tasks enough? Find ways to incorporate more of these tasks into your daily work.
Devote 15 minutes each day: Carve out 15 minutes each day to spend on a flow activity of your choice. Once you get in the habit of treating yourself to some ‘flow time’, you will realize how important that time is to your mood, happiness, and overall well-being! Increase your daily time or treat yourself to one ‘flow day’ per week!
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray. - Rumi
TIPS ON FINDING YOUR FLOW:
The world's leading expert on FLOW: Dr. Mihaly Csikzenmihalyi
"IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE SKIING DOWN A SLOPE and your full attention is focused on the movements of your body, the position of the skis, the air whistling past your face, and the snow-shrouded trees running by.
There is no room in your awareness for conflicts or contradictions; you know that a distracting thought or emotion might get you buried face down in the snow. The run is so perfect that you want it to last forever.
If skiing does not mean much to you, this complete immersion in an experience could occur while you are singing in a choir, dancing, playing bridge, or reading a good book. If you love your job, it could happen during a complicated surgical operation or a close business deal. It may occur in a social interaction, when talking with a good friend, or while playing with a baby. Moments such as these provide flashes of intense living against the dull background of everyday life."
- Mihaly Csikzenmihalyi
author of 'Finding Flow' for Psychology Today