This is a guest post by Adam Maidment from NeoMam Studios – a visual information agency. Outside of work, he’s a writer and blogger, gamer and movie fan and will usually be found live-tweeting one movie or another on Twitter.
Have you ever felt like time was simply slipping away from you? Perhaps the reverse is more of an occurrence for you – the feeling that time just seemed to simply drag on and on.
The thought of having the power and ability to slow down time is something that surely just belongs in a futuristic world of science fiction, right?
Well, apparently not.
Time perception is simply how someone experiences the passage of time or is simply just aware of its passing.
As you get older, time seems to go by much quicker. The simplest way of explaining this is to look at a baby.
When a baby would celebrate its first birthday, that year would represent 100% of its life. Flash forward to an 18 year old celebrating their birthday and one year would represent only 5.56% of their life.
As you get older, you live through more years and this in turn would help to feel like each additional year goes by much quicker – simply because it’s a smaller portion of our lives.
So, what exactly can we do about time perception? And is there any way to slow down time?
The latest infographic from Key Retirement has taken to finding out five of the most effective ways that help us slow down our perception of time and have more of it. Whilst we may have no control on the aging process, we can make our days feel a bit more substantial.
With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the five suggested methods of ‘slowing down time’.
5 Things We Can Do to Slow Down Time
The benefits to mindfulness, meditation and yoga are endless. Not only can they help massively in stress relief and calming down, but they can also help to keep you focused and create a state of ‘hyper-awareness’ to help shut out distractions.
2. Breaking down routines.
Sticking to a routine can be pretty destructive when it comes to time flying by. By filling your time with new experiences, your perception of time will take a little longer as you’ll be paying extra attention.
3. Setting goals.
Being organized and setting goals will not only help to slow down time but to also give you a sense of accomplishment and pride, along with getting your daily tasks done. Set yourself realistic goals and strict time allowances that will help to get things done.
4. Be curious.
By making an effort to keep your brain active, you’ll be able to ground yourself in the present moment much more easily – as well as being able to learn new skills and topics.
5. Catch your breath.
By simply taking up on some simple breathing exercises you can become more aware of time passing. Being aware of your breathing will help make things easier for you to pause and experience the moment, as it happens.
So, next time you feel that time is slipping far away just remember your new found understanding of how to make time slow down, and live your life to the fullest.