“If you learn how to get into the cadence of flow, optimize your rituals, and know your body and boundaries, you can compress your workday in a shorter time and get more done.”
In my latest podcast episode on the neuroscience of flow, I got to geek out with my dear friend and colleague Dr. Lara Salyer, a Functional Medicine doctor and expert in flow state research and its application in daily life.
During our fascinating conversation, we explored the benefits of "getting into flow", dealing with flow blockers, and rekindling your inner spark.
We also touched on the inevitable neurochemical transition happening between childhood and adulthood, and how most adults lose that easy access to flow state.
Dr. Lara shared her experience with burnout as a family medicine practitioner, and how she eradicated burnout and reclaimed her autonomy with a prescription of "creative endeavors".
“If you learn how to get into the cadence of flow, optimize your rituals, and know your body and boundaries, you can compress your workday in a shorter time and get more done.” (5:37-5:49 | Dr. Lara Salyer)
“Flow is a state. And it's a journey that we like to be on, regardless of the outcome.” (7:35-7:40 | Dr. Lara Salyer)
“Flow is a consistent process. If you invite it and sit with it, some days, you might create a lot. Other days, you might create nothing. But it's that consistency that builds your process.” (15:46-15:57 | Dr. Lara Salyer)
“Creativity every day is a skill that does get easier and faster, and you become more confident because you're just playing, and we've forgotten that lost art of play and need to bring it back.” (17:35-17:46 | Dr. Lara Salyer)
“Look for those tiny moments where you can bring that Aha back in and feel excited about your day. And it may not fix your whole life or your situation, but if more of us are aware of this and apply these principles, I believe we can change the future of medicine.” (22:07-22:21 | Dr. Lara Salyer)
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