Times change - apparently - but how come time itself changes ... what’s all that about? Sometimes a moment feels like an age, sometimes whole days and weeks fly by ... and then suddenly you feel like you’ve been somewhere forever.
Neuroscientists have started to understand a bit more about our perceptions of time, how our lives really can flash before us, how the units of time processed by our brains slow down when we are 'in the zone’, how our memories work so that something an age ago can seem like yesterday.
Recent studies have concluded that a few things contribute to a feeling of having more time. One is attention. When we focus our awareness on anything in the present moment, we become more aware of time - we seem to have more of it. This is a good thing, provided we can find something more interesting to do than watch than a kettle boiling ... Another thing which seems to buy us time is experiencing new things - one reason why Summers seem endless when we are young.
It also appears that our perceptions of time depend very much on the chemicals produced in our minds and bodies. Dopamine and noradrenaline in particular seem to expand our perceptions of time - which is great because they are also responsible for feelings of pleasure, focus and memory. All together, this sounds like a good combination!
In the process of hypnotherapy it's common for people to experience more control in their lives, more focus, more energy, and also more time. These are good things and we can learn to get more of them. If you want to find out more please get in touch.
In the meantime click here to find out more about time perception. It's very engrossing - in fact, time may even fly while you're reading it.
The truth is, of course, every month can be a good month for hypnotherapy. May was particularly good because of the exposure we got to a national audience of 10 million radio listeners, from behind the doors of BBC Broadcasting House.
It began one Thursday on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 when the subject of sports reporter Vassos Alexander's fear of snakes came up, not for the first time. Only this time Chris suggested doing something about it. He had the idea of calling on the services of a hypnotherapist so that in a week's time Vassos would be able to be in the same room as a snake... live in the studio. No mean feat for someone who couldn't even say the word 'snake' at the beginning.
Fast forward seven days and there was Vassos, not just in the same studio as a snake (a python no less) but he was actually holding it.
What was even better was the endorsement of hypnotherapy that was given by Chris Evans himself, not just on the back of Vassos' success story...
"Everyone I've ever talked to who has had hypnotherapy - and that may be over 100 people in my life - they've all said it’s helped them." And as the action unfolded: “Hypnotherapy you see … if definitely works! Amazing ... A - mazing!!"
It was like he couldn't say it enough. Click on the link below to listen to the broadcast again. And if you have your own fear that you would like to conquer, then get in touch to see how we can help.
Vassos Alexander conquers his fear of snakes, live on Radio 2