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It’s that glorious feeling where you completely lose yourself – and it’s good for you. Three experts reveal how they get in the zone

The psychological state of flow is a magical one. We’re completely immersed, all activity seems effortless, concentration is absolute, we get through so much and time just slips away. And it can be applied to anything from yoga and drawing to cleaning and work tasks. Also known as ‘getting in the zone’, researchers have identified the conditions that help flow happen: having distinct goals, receiving clear and immediate feedback – so sensing the impact of what we’re doing and directing our behaviour accordingly – and a balance between skill and challenge. This is the most fragile part of flow; if an activity becomes too easy, we get bored; too difficult and stress can creep in and ruin the moment. But its most marked characteristic is that the flow state is enjoyable and motivating: we feel in total control, eliminating any anxiety or stress.

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!