Have you ever gotten lost in a creative project, losing track of time and feeling completely immersed in the moment?
That feeling is called flow, and it's a powerful tool for transforming your holistic wellness and personal growth. The concept of flow, also known as being in the zone is a state of complete immersion and focus on a task. When we are in flow, we are completely absorbed in the present moment and lose track of time. Our minds are free from distractions and our creativity and productivity skyrocket.
Creativity is closely tied to flow state, which is a state of mind in which people are fully immersed in their work and completely focused on a task. Many successful artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs credit flow state as a key factor in their creative process. But flow state isn't just beneficial for artists and creatives, it can also be incredibly beneficial for anyone in any profession. When we are in flow, we are able to work more efficiently and effectively, often resulting in higher quality work.
I wasn't always a creative person. In fact, it wasn't until I started doing inner work and prioritizing my total wellness that I began to realize the true power of flow and creativity. By making intentional choices to nourish my body, mind, and soul, I found that my creative abilities started to blossom. I started by prioritizing self-care, making time for activities that brought me joy and fulfillment. I took up yoga and meditation, which helped me find a greater sense of peace and clarity in my life. I also started journaling, which allowed me to explore my inner self and process my emotions in a healthy way. Through this journey of self-discovery and inner work--and by giving myself permission to be imperfect--I began to believe in myself and my creative abilities. Now when it comes to creative activities, I approach them with an intentional growth mindset; embracing the process rather than focusing on the outcome.
So how can we achieve flow state and tap into our creativity more often?
Achieving a flow state and tapping into our creativity more often is a process that requires intentional effort and practice. Here are some tips that helped me:
Set aside time for creativity. It's important to carve out time in your schedule to engage in creative activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. This could be anything from painting to writing to creating content for social media.
Eliminate distractions. To achieve a flow state, it's important to eliminate distractions and create a focused environment. Turn off your phone, close your email, and find a quiet space where you can fully immerse yourself in your creative activity.
Start with small goals. If you're just starting out, it's important to set achievable goals for yourself. Start with a small project or task, and gradually work your way up to more complex activities.
Embrace imperfection. One of the keys to achieving a flow state is letting go of the need for perfection. Accept that your creative pursuits may not always turn out the way you imagined and focus on enjoying the process of creation.
Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing can help you clear your mind and focus on the present moment, allowing you to tap into your creativity more fully.
Experiment and play. Don't be afraid to try new things and experiment with different creative activities. Play and exploration can be powerful tools for unlocking your creativity and achieving a flow state.
You can't use up creativity, creative thinking builds on itself and increases the creativity of the thinker...You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Dr. Maya Angelou
Additionally, when we allow ourselves to tap into our creativity and embrace the flow, we unlock a world of possibilities for improving our mental, emotional, and even physical health. Here are three ways flow and creativity can transform your wellness:
It reduces stress and promotes relaxation. When we're in a state of flow, we're completely present in the moment, and our minds are focused on the task at hand. This can be incredibly calming and can reduce stress levels, promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being.
It boosts mood and improves mental health. Engaging in creative activities, such as painting or writing, has been shown to boost mood and improve mental health. By tapping into our creative side, we're able to express ourselves and process our emotions in a healthy way, leading to a greater sense of emotional well-being.
It promotes personal growth and self-discovery. When we allow ourselves to explore our creativity, we're also exploring our inner selves. We may discover new passions, talents, or even insights about ourselves that we didn't realize before. This can lead to personal growth and self-discovery, enhancing our overall sense of fulfillment and purpose in life.
Remember flow and creativity are powerful tools for transforming your holistic wellness and personal growth. So, why not unleash your flow and start embracing creativity in your life?
Don't wait, take a chance, and let your creativity flow. You never know where it might lead you!
About Elevate 2 Wellness
Yolanda Marie Tate is a Wellness Transformation Coach helping-individuals, professionals and organizations discover the strategies for living a healthy and mindful lifestyle by helping them unlearn negative behaviors and invest in their holistic wellness. She is also a 29-year retired U.S. Army veteran and champion for all things health and wellness.