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Jeff Sutherland

Twice the Energy with Half the Stress

Real Science: What is Flow State

Flow: A Better Way to Spend Your Day

Have you ever been so absorbed in an activity that time seems to stand still, and you lose track of everything except for the task at hand? This is known as the “flow state,” a concept introduced by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Flow is a state of complete immersion in an activity, where you are so focused that you lose self-consciousness and your sense of time. It’s often described as a feeling of being “in the zone.” Flow can happen in any activity that challenges you and requires your full attention, such as sports, music, or creative work.

When you’re in flow, your brain releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and endorphins, which can increase your motivation, creativity, and focus. This can lead to a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that can be highly rewarding.

To achieve flow, it’s important to find the right balance of challenge and skill. If the task is too easy, you might get bored, but if it’s too hard, you might get frustrated. The sweet spot is where the task is just challenging enough to require your full attention, but not so challenging that it becomes overwhelming.

Some strategies for achieving flow include setting clear goals, eliminating distractions, and focusing on the present moment. It’s also important to find activities that you enjoy and that align with your interests and values.

Overall, the flow state can be a powerful tool for increasing productivity, creativity, and satisfaction in your work and hobbies. By finding the right balance of challenge and skill, and focusing your attention, you can tap into the power of flow and achieve your goals with greater ease and enjoyment.

How Can I Use Real Science To Get Into a Flow State?

Maybe you have experienced a state of mind where you’re completely absorbed in a task, losing track of time, and effortlessly producing great results. Achieving a flow state requires high energy and minimal stress, as revealed by the latest advancements in watch technology.

The Garmin Solar Sapphire Fenix 7 watch measures various factors, such as your pulse, respiration, oxygenation, and heart rate variability, to calculate your energy state, which Garmin calls the Body Battery. This innovative feature comes from the analytics team at Firstbeat Technologies Oy, a Finland-based company that provides analysis programs for 32 different Garmin sensors.

Throughout the day, your Body Battery decreases due to stress, which can be physical (internal or external), emotional, or mental. When stress is low, however, your Body Battery can increase, allowing you to enter a flow state. By keeping your Body Battery above 50% for the whole day with stress levels mostly down in the blue, you maximize the probability of a good flow state and get twice as much work done with half the effort.

The Garmin watch acts as a biofeedback tool, enabling you to adjust your behavior and optimize your performance. While the watch alone can help you achieve a flow state, the Photoanalysis Rife Remote Premium service offers coaching and frequencies that can double your energy and cut your stress in half, leading to an exhilarating difference.