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Mental time and Space


As the year continues to slide by, I find myself

amazed that time seems to slip by so

And I am not alone in my

thinking, as any of my clients have commented on the fact that we are already

through the first half of the year. And what’s more, youngsters seem to find

time passes quickly for them too, when I am sure when I was their age ( a sure

sign of my increasing years) time went so slowly, a day

seemed an eternity, and six weeks summer break seemed a life time.

However back to the present, and isn’t it strange

that time goes so quickly, or at least seems to, since of course each day has

no more and no less number of hours than any other. However in my

professional role, I work with mental time, and mental space, both very useful to

help move things on more easily and comfortably when working with clients.

An example of mental space can be comparing the

first 45 minutes of a football match.
One spectator simply living for their

team and the next match, and the other spectator who would prefer to be

somewhere different, doing anything other than watching football. For the

first spectator that first 45 minutes and most probably the whole match would

seem to fly by, over too quickly and perhaps they would be amazed that the time

goes so quickly.

And for the other spectator, 45 minutes may seem

like an eternity, every second dragging wishing for the entire ordeal to be

Both were watching the same football match, and both had 45 /90

minutes assuming there was no injury time added on, and yet the internal

responses were completely different for each of the spectators. So not

only can we work in real and present time, but also in mental time. Some

therapists chose to use regression therapy, something I chose not to do, but some

people find it useful.

Now to mental space. This can also be useful when

used with clients, again it is safe and gentle but uses our ability to travel

millions of miles in our imagination, or to travel deep within ourselves simply

by using the power of the mind. When using mental space, real time often seems

to pass by more quickly.

The benefits of using mental time and space can

help the client to overcome worries, anxieties, stress and much more, by simply

learning how to speed up and slow down thought patterns, and use imagery and

suggestions to mitigate negative thought patterns and enhance the acceptance of

new positive thought patterns. And the wonderful thing is, it’s easy to do. We

use mental time and space when we are children in our games, routines and

imaginings, often by the time we are adults we have learnt to do these things

negatively, it is often just a matter of putting the client back in charge of

their thoughts, and changing perspectives.

Once we learn to do this we can

live life more comfortably so life does not have to be like the uninterested

spectator at the football match, or even perhaps the first spectator.

effective changes, you may even feel like one of the players in the match!


About Author

Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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