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How to Find Your Flow

Creativity should be an essential requirement for everyone’s life. We all need a few hours here and there where it’s possible to lose track of time because we are so engrossed in the activity we’re doing.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone has experienced flow at some point in their lives. Whether it’s baking, writing, painting, playing music or drawing there seems to be at least some form of flow for nearly everyone. Some people even lose themselves in busywork. Regardless, we all know what it’s like to (thankfully) lose our train of thought and become so engrossed in something that you could spend hours doing it simply for the joy of it.

The sad thing is, a lot of people lose sight of that thing as they proceed through their lives going to work, caring for family and doing any number of other required tasks in order to live in today’s modern world. We tend to get stressed out more easily, we tend to get angry and we tend to lose sight of the miracle of our lives.

At some point, everybody realizes that they have to make a change or face being unhappy. That’s where finding our flow comes in.

It’s worth it to experiment with different creative activities until we find that thing that centers us.

You may know that you enjoyed painting or photography in high school and have never picked up another camera or brush, but you knew there was something about it that made you feel whole.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of that though, and sometimes those reminders can come in the form of serious complications that knock us back down to reality.

It may sound privileged to say that we should seek happiness in our lives, but you can’t argue with the fact that life is finite. That fact became glaringly obvious to me when I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and I’ve spent the last ten years making a living out of my flow simply because I knew I couldn’t emotionally handle doing anything else.

The point of all this is to say that we need our respective flows in order to relieve stress, get a grip on things and function happily in our lives. Otherwise we would all be at each other’s throats over little, insignificant stuff.

You probably know what your flow is; you probably remember a time when things were easier because you had that outlet. It’s worth it to re-explore that avenue, maybe something will change.

Finding your flow can benefit you in myriad ways and it’s easy as returning to that thing that has always stuck with you.

All I ask is that you don’t close your minds to the notion that we could all find that thing which makes us happy. We don’t have to make a living out of it, we just have to know that it’s there in case we need it.

My advice, do some looking around and, if you can’t remember ever having that thing that made you happy, experiment a little. Take a class or put pen to paper. You never know how it might make you feel.

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How to Find Your Flow

Michael Hedrick

Mike Hedrick is a writer and photographer in Boulder, CO. He has lived with schizophrenia for many years and his work has been published in Salon, Scientific American and The New York Times. His book is available here You can follow his blog on living with schizophrenia here

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Hedrick, M. (2018). How to Find Your Flow. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from
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Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 2 Jan 2016)
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