Importance of Flow

Updated: Sep 20

Flow theory, coined by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi is probably my very favorite theory of all time.​​​​​​​​


We call it flow, "being in the zone," or the optimal human experience. It's that feeling of being so perfectly matched with what you're doing that you can lose track of time and be absorbed.​​​​​​​​


Putting yourself routinely in a state of flow increases your happiness, your intrinsic satisfaction, and decreases anxiety! It's IMPORTANT for our mental health and wellness!!! It produces good brain chemicals, and actually helps our brain development and learning.​​​​​​​​


There are 8 characteristics of a state of flow:​​​​​​​​

👉Complete concentration on the task;​​​​​​​​

👉Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback;​​​​​​​​

👉Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down);​​​​​​​​

👉The experience is intrinsically rewarding;​​​​​​​​

👉Effortlessness and ease;​​​​​​​​

👉There is a balance between challenge and skills;​​​​​​​​

👉Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination;​​​​​​​​

👉There is a feeling of control over the task.​​​​​​​​


know what that sounds like to me?​​​​​​​​





Games of all kinds are one of the most predictable creators of a state of flow. That's REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR US BECAUSE FLOW IS IMPORTANT & HEALTHY!​​​​​​​​


👉 Struggling with video game anxiety? Check out my video game anxiety recording and my screentime and mental health webinar!


Roya Dedeaux is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with several decades of working with teens and their families. She especially loves to work with homeschoolers and folks who feel like they don’t quite “fit the mold.” She is also the author of Connect with Courage: how to release fear and find joy in the places your kids take you. Check out her work, webinars, games, and other projects at

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