Do you spend the majority of your time wondering where time went? What about wishing you had more time? Or how about the dreaded feeling of running out of time? If you answered yes to these questions, then I might say you have some work to do on your relationship with time. I understand thinking about your relationship with something like time might seem a bit crazy at first, but upon closer inspection, we find that our views about time, the things we say to ourselves about time and our ability to access things like the flows states of athletes and musicians can radically shape our day to day experience. That's where hypnotherapy comes in. Hypnotherapy offers a framework to re establish a healthy sense of time. Let's begin to take a look at all the benefits of hypnotherapy for improving our experience of time. The examples below are only suggestions. I encourage you to try the ones you like and step away from the ones that don't resonate. Hypnotherapy is all about moving in a direction of ease and flow.
Explore the Past
Exploring the past is generally a reason for people to avoid therapy and hypnotherapy all together, so I understand this particular approach may not be for everyone. But for those that are interested in how past relationships can impact our views of the present, exploring the past can be a game changer.
Some ways hypnotherapy goes about this is to begin exploring the dialogues we have internalized form our parents and other caregivers. How did your parents view time? Were they anxious or relaxed about schedules? What types of language did your parents use about time? Did they hurry you around in a rush or were they always late for everything? None of these were necessarily right or wrong. But as children we internalize those experiences either in ways that helped us thrive or limit us. Hypnotherapy allows us to explore these dialogues in a safe and relaxed space. It also has the power to gently redirect internal dialogues no longer serving us.
Search for Resources
The process of hypnotherapy is an exploration in internal resources. When trying to change our relationship with time, a hypnotherapy session might have you recall memories in which you felt like time expanded, those moments when time lasted forever or you felt you had plenty of time to get everything done. I would imagine that even reading these prompts starts to cause you to recall such memories. Combine this with the physical state of deep relaxation which is part of the hypnotherapy experience and you've really hit gold. Time just magically expands. Clients often even say they feel a sense of time expanding in the session. It's really an amazing process. As the session comes to a close, you might be prompted to link these memories (or internal resources) to a simple gesture like touching your hand or an object. Then, in waking life, when you touch your hand or the object, you can begin to easily recall these memories (resources).
Play Around With Scale
A very specific technique we can use to speed up or slow down our experiences are to contemplate scale. So what do I mean by that? Let's take a look at picturing the vastness of things. If we spend time contemplating things like the vastness of space or our size in relation to the rest of the planet, time seems to go by slowly.
Conversely if we imagine ourselves very large compared to all things around us we may feel as if things are moving fast (Imagine watching ants working or other living creatures much smaller than us). They are moving so fast. This causes us to feel that things are speeding up.
What would happen if you imagined yourself smaller in a pleasant situation and much larger during a situation that feels uncomfortable?
The imagination is a very powerful thing. This type of technique works great for athletes to cause the appearance of baseballs slowing down as well as time to speed up for those with chronic pain.
If you are struggling with finding enough time, I encourage you to let your imagination and the power of hypnotherapy help you have the type of expereinces you deserve in the year to come. Happy New Year!!