Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Go with the flow

By Published On: March 15th, 2024

I’m studying for a big exam right now.

I’ve been working on/through the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBCHWC) under the National Board of Medical Examiners (the organization that certifies physicians) since my husband got sick.

While I’ve had a Master Health Coach certification for over a decade, this board exam didn’t exist when I became a health coach.

A two-year process of showing up, applying my knowledge, and meeting the requirements even to sit for the four-and-a-half-hour exam is a big deal.

I’m pretty proud of getting this far despite the obstacles put in my way.

To be honest, I am both excited and nervous, but I felt in a “flow” this week—like it was all coming together.

Did you know that there’s an actual theory behind “flow”?

Flow theory, developed by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is “a mental state of complete absorption and engagement in an activity.”

Flow is when you perform a task or activity and experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and total involvement with life.

How does it feel to be in a state of flow?

In his 2004 “Flow, The Secret To Happiness” TED Talk, Csikszentmihalyi shares The 7 Conditions of Flow:

  • Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.
  • A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
  • Greater inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done and how well we are doing.
  • Knowing that the activity is doable – that our skills are adequate to the task.
  • A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
  • Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by in minutes.
  • Intrinsic motivation -whatever produces flow becomes its own reward.  

It reminds me of how people feel when “in the zone” or flow of play, experiencing that same heightened focus, timelessness, intrinsic motivation, doability, connection (to ourselves and others), and joy!

The secret to getting more flow is to play; the secret to playing more is to do something that brings you joy.

If “working out” isn’t getting you into a state of flow, how can you “play out” more?

I have 150 ways to start in my book if you need some help (and a PDF HERE to download for free)

At its core, self-love means being proactive about one’s health and curious enough to experiment until one finds one’s flow.

This weekend and every day, always go with the flow.

Play on!

Your friend and coach,

Jan xo


PS: Whenever you are ready, here are 3 more ways I can help you PLAY for life:

  1. Click here to grab a copy of my best-selling book, The Play Book:  How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health
  2. Join the FREE 7-Days of Healthy Habits Course that can help you starting today.
  3. Want to work with me personally on your wellness goals? Click here to book a call.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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