I’ve been thinking about ‘time’ a lot as yet another year draws to an end.
According to Psychology Professor, Ronald E Riggio ‘routine makes time go faster, and unique and memorable events slow down time’. And so, if we want to ‘slow down’ time and make our Christmasses (or every day) last longer, we need to ‘change the routine, and create unique experiences for each day’.
This is easier said than done, especially if ‘technology is all encompassing’ and our brains are constantly being bombarded by heaps of content and information.
I write web content for a living. And I spend a lot of time thinking about ‘words’ and typing them onto a screen. It is quite hypnotic and, before I know it, a couple of hours of sped by, and I’m wondering exactly what I’ve achieved, and ‘where the time has gone’. Worse still, my body has gone to sleep.
Being a Nia fitness teacher has certainly helped me to create regular ‘unique experiences’ – teaching Nia twice a week for starters!
Thankfully I am no longer sitting in front of my screen for eight hours a day. I think back to 2006 when I first went freelance and would be sitting, tantalisingly, for hours on end whilst juggling as many projects as I could.
So, thank you Nia for helping me to take time to focus on what my body and brain like best – to work together to move and dance in a safe and healthy way, regularly and often.
And thank you Professor Riggio for reminding me, in the run up to Christmas, to ‘switch off’, to ‘stay in the present’, and to take TIME to create and enjoy unique and memorable experiences that will help to s….l….o….w time down.