Getting in Flow: Developing Effective Stress Management Techniques

Picture this, it's Monday morning and you have a fight with a friend, or lose your phone on your way to work, all of a sudden you can't concentrate or think logically. That email from your boss seems unmanageable and you are ready to call it a day before your first coffee break. You need to turn on your rational brain and turn off your emotions.

This seemingly insurmountable task is something that, if you work on diligently, will become much more accessible. We will look at a few different ways to train yourself long term on how to do this, but in the short term getting into flow can pretty immediately mitigate some of the bigger more pressing emotions.

Flow is less about movement and more about absorption, the term was first coined by a Hungarian psychologist. In Stress Proof , “Flow” is described as “being so completely absorbed in an activity that any unrelated thought or sensation is obliterated."

It's important to note that getting into this state cannot be done in rest, rather the rational mind has to be engaged to a point of challenge, by something that is attainable and not overly difficult or stressful. An activity that contains a series of activities that incrementally more and more challenging. Essentially, the continuous effort consumes the rational mind and doesn't allow the emotional mind to jump in and interrupt the flow.

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Unfortunately negative emotions tend to creep up during boredom, which often happens if you find yourself in a repetitive motion at work. Trying to add new challenges to your daily grind will help it stop being so much of a perceived grind.

The key here is immediately entering into the state of flow after an emotionally taxing event. The longer you spend in flow, the better you get at emotional regulation in general.

So making this a daily habit can help you stay happier and less stressed in general. We can come to your workplace and lead your team or your whole office through a series of weekly mindfulness practices that focus on “Getting in the Flow”.