Finding Your 'Flow State' by Getting Outside.
What is a Flow State?
The term "flow state" was coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He identified flow states as moments when people are completely absorbed in an activity and in the moment. Flow states have been associated with a number of benefits which we'll discuss below.
Have you ever been so engrossed in what you're doing that time seems to either speed up or slow down? If so, then you've likely experienced a flow state. Flow states are often associated with peak performance and creativity. When you're in a flow state, you're completely absorbed in what you're doing and your mind is incredibly focused.
There are a few key things that need to be present in order for a flow state to occur. First, you need to have a clear goal or task that you're working towards. Secondly, the task needs to be challenging but still within your skill level. If the task is too easy, you'll likely get bored and your mind will wander. However, if the task is too challenging, you'll likely become frustrated and give up. Finally, you need to have uninterrupted concentration and focus in order to maintain the flow state.
What are the benefits of being in a flow state?
When you're in a flow state, you're completely absorbed in what you're doing and your mind is incredibly focused. Time seems to speed up or slow down, and you become so engrossed in the task at hand that everything else fades away. Flow states are often associated with peak performance and creativity.
There are many benefits to being in a flow state. When you're completely focused on a task, you're able to work more efficiently and effectively. You're also more likely to come up with creative solutions to problems. Additionally, flow states can help you manage stress and anxiety. Being in a flow state allows you to escape from your everyday worries and concerns, and focus on the task at hand.
Using time Outside to find your flow state.
One of the best ways is by spending time outside in nature. Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve focus and concentration. So next time you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a walk outside. Listen to the birds singing and feel the sun on your skin. Let the fresh air fill your lungs. And allow yourself to be fully present in the moment. You may just find that you're able to achieve a state of flow and peak productivity.
When it comes to achieving a flow state, being in nature can be a huge help. Being outside allows you to become hyper-focused on a task, and your mind becomes extremely concentrated. Flow states are often associated with peak performance and creativity, so if you're looking to boost your productivity or come up with some new ideas, spending time in nature may be the key.
According to DIY Genius, there are three main reasons nature can help get you into a mindset to achieve your flow. They are:
By immersing yourself in nature, these three qualities require you to focus attention and become extremely present in the current moment. You become hyper-aware, and that state can stay with you when you return back to focusing on your work.
Of course, you don't have to spend hours in the wilderness to reap the benefits of being in nature. Even taking a brief walk in your local park can help clear your mind and give you the space you need to achieve a flow state. So next time you're feeling stuck, try getting out of the office and into the great outdoors. Who knows, you might just find your flow.
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