The moment you realise you’re entranced in a flow state - the moment you can leave your body just for a moment, to fully comprehend the immersive experience of the present - these are the #vividamoments to strive for over and over again.
Completely absorbed in the task at hand, flow is often considered the sweet spot between challenge and skill, where time seems to stand still and effortless progress is made. Flow is the underlying rhythm that underpins life's pleasures, guiding us towards our passions and purpose. It's the key to unlocking our full potential and experiencing deep fulfilment in all aspects of life. By embracing the flow state, we can tap into a well of endless creativity, energy, and joy.
This idea is largely what lies behind the Vivida mission - created for the adventurers, dreamers, thinkers, and doers, always striving to find and experience flow in all that we do. With this as our guiding philosophy, we can live life to the fullest, fully embracing the journey and the beauty of each moment. What is not to love about such moments, while sometimes fleeting, we get to relive, in different forms, on different days doing different things, over and over again. There is no limit to flow… and therein lies its beauty. It is bountiful and plentiful and simply waiting for us to tap into again and again.
- What is flow state?
- How do I achieve flow state?
- Can flow state only be reached through sport?
- What are the benefits of being in flow state?
- How can I cultivate more flow in my life?
What is flow state?
So what is flow, really? The flow state is a mental state that is characterised by a complete absorption in the task at hand, an intense focus on the present moment, and a loss of self-consciousness. When we are in flow, we are fully engaged in what we're doing, and our actions seem to come effortlessly and with ease. This state of being is considered to be the ultimate form of engagement and satisfaction, and it is often associated with peak performance, creativity and enjoyment. Time seems to not exist in these moments.
How do I achieve flow state?
In order to experience flow, it's important to find activities that challenge us in just the right way. The challenge must be great enough to require our full focus and attention, but not so great that it becomes overwhelming. Pursuits such as yoga, open water swimming, surfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and other water sports are perfect examples of possible flow state activities. When we are fully immersed in a task and completely focused on the present moment, our minds become quiet and our awareness expands, allowing us to achieve our goals or find enjoyment with ease. This is the essence of the flow state, and it is the secret to unlocking our full potential - mind, body, and spirit.
Can flow state only be reached through sport?
The flow state is not just reserved for athletic pursuits. It's a state that we can all experience and cultivate, and it's essential for a fulfilling and well-rounded life. Now more than ever, it's more important to slow down and find moments of peace and stillness, and the flow state is the perfect way to do so. By focusing on the present moment and letting go of our worries and distractions, we can tap into a well of endless creativity and energy, and find the joy in each moment.
What are the benefits of being in flow state?
The concept of flow state has been extensively studied by researchers and scientists, who have discovered numerous benefits associated with this state of being. Here are a few of the key benefits that have been identified:
Increased creativity and productivity
When in flow, individuals are highly focused and engaged in their task, which leads to increased creativity and productivity. Researchers have found that people in flow are able to generate new ideas and solve problems more efficiently compared to when they are not in flow.
Improved mental health
Flow is often described as a state of mind that is associated with happiness, joy, and inner peace. This positive mental state has been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall well-being.
Enhanced physical performance
Flow state has also been shown to enhance physical performance, particularly in athletic and other performance-based activities. When in flow, individuals are able to ignore distractions and focus on their task, which leads to improved performance and greater athletic achievements.
Boosts motivation and satisfaction
The sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that comes with the flow state has been shown to increase motivation and overall life satisfaction. Researchers have found that people in flow are more likely to engage in activities that challenge them, and are more motivated to continue pursuing their passions.
These benefits of the flow state highlight the importance of finding and experiencing flow in our daily lives. While the flow state is often thought of as a temporary state, with practice, it can become a permanent part of one's life, leading to greater happiness and fulfillment. By embracing the Vivida Lifestyle and seeking out activities that challenge and engage us, we can cultivate a flow state and reap the numerous benefits it has to offer.
How can I cultivate more flow in my life?
Cultivating a flow state in life requires a combination of intentional actions and a mindset shift. Here are a few tips to help you increase flow in your life:
Identify your passions
To experience flow, you must engage in activities that you are truly passionate about. Take some time to reflect on what you enjoy and what brings you joy, and then make a plan to incorporate these activities into your daily life.
Set clear goals
Having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve will help you stay focused and engaged in your task. When setting goals, make sure they are challenging but attainable.
Flow is often associated with a state of mindfulness, where you are fully present and in the moment. To cultivate more flow, focus on being present and fully engaged in the task at hand. Avoid distractions, and make a conscious effort to stay focused.
To experience flow, you must be open to new experiences and willing to take risks. Seek out new activities and challenges, and don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
Surround yourself with positive energy
Surrounding yourself with positive, supportive individuals will help you stay motivated and engaged in your pursuits. Connect with like-minded individuals and build a community that supports and inspires you.
Keep a growth mindset
Cultivating a growth mindset will help you stay motivated and engaged in your pursuits. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
By incorporating these tips into your daily life, you can cultivate a flow state and reap the numerous benefits it has to offer. The Vivida Lifestyle exists to inspire and empower individuals to unlock their full potential and live their best lives, and by embracing these tips, you can be well on your way to experiencing more flow and fulfilment in your life.
Further reading: How to achieve flow state when surfing.
At Vivida Lifestyle, we believe in the power of the flow state, and we believe that everyone has the potential to experience it. That's why we've created a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about living life to the fullest and finding their own flow. Whether you're an adventurer, dreamer, thinker, or doer, we are here to inspire and empower you on your journey.
Jackie Tyburski dives deep into the stories and true essence of the Vivida Lifestyle brand, ethos, and mission. She believes the right words illuminate our purpose and capture life's moments in pure, imperfect, and poetic form. Travelling, cooking, yoga, and paddle-boarding are a few of Jackie's other favourite things, alongside being a mom and wife to a few awesome humans.