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  • Writer's pictureCadu Lemos

Flow: The Antidote to Mental Health Issues

We live in times where anxiety, stress and depression have become prevalent challenges in our society.

Finding effective ways to manage #healthissues is key to living a full and productive life. One powerful tool that can offer relief and transform our relationship with these challenges is the activation of the #flowstate.

Flow is an experience in which we become completely absorbed in the activity we are carrying out, losing track of time and space and even individuality.

It's a moment of total immersion, where our skills are in harmony with the challenge at hand.

Today, on World Mental Health Day, I found myself thinking about how this experience can help relieve stress, anxiety and depression?

Let's explore a few key points:

🔶 Focus on the Present Moment:

The state of flow leads us to a deep and total concentration on what we are doing. This takes us away from the worries of the past and anxieties about the future, promoting a sense of inner peace.

Reduction of Negative Inner Dialogue:

During flow, our mind is occupied with the task at hand, reducing the opportunity for the negative internal dialog that often fuels anxiety and depression.

Feeling of Accomplishment and Self-Esteem:

Being able to accomplish challenging tasks during the flow state brings a deep sense of accomplishment. This contributes to strengthened self-esteem, which is essential in coping with depression.

Promotion of Dopamine and Serotonin:

The state of flow is associated with the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which are linked to pleasure and well-being. This release can help relieve anxiety and depressive states.

🔶 Relief from feelings of emptiness:

Flow fills the void that often accompanies depression, providing a sense of purpose and meaning, which is crucial for mental health.

Escape from the Anxious Cycle:

During flow, our mind frees itself from the anxious cycle, or stress, allowing us to rest and mentally rejuvenate.

By integrating the state of flow into our routine, we can cultivate a daily practice that contributes to our mental health.

We should look for activities that we are passionate about, that challenge us and bring us to this state of fulfillment.

Here at ProjetoFlow, we explore the transformative power of flow and work to promote a healthier and more balanced mindset in organizational environments and beyond.

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