“My, how time flies!” “Where did the time go?” “Seems like just yesterday I was starting something new. What happened to the time?”
These phrases and others can be heard over and over in daily conversation. Our lives are busy, our time is filled with “to do” lists and our perception of time can be altered by emotions.
Have you ever been so overwhelmed and you felt there weren’t enough hours in a day to complete everything you want to do? Have you wondered if there was more time, things might work out better?
When I become stressed and anxiety begins to seep in, my perception of time changes. The beginning of a panic attack or the feeling of unsettled emotions can cause me to fixate on the wrong things. I have worried about something not going right and not even paused to consider the other side of my panic and anxiety. I become fixated on worry and am lost in the emotions of the moment instead of looking to the future.
Yes, we need to experience emotions. Those feelings help us learn to cope and handle future situations. How we relate to time and think through our emotions is very important.
While going through a panic attack or anxiety, I can only think of what I am experiencing at that particular moment. Until I was taught how to think beyond the moment, fear took hold of me and wouldn’t let go.
I have learned to tell myself the panic and anxiety won’t last forever. These emotions will pass and I will be okay.
If I look beyond the moments of fear and think about something positive for the future, I am comforted. This may not work for everyone, but for me, this method helps.
When emotions alter my perception of time, I try to tell myself to think about an upcoming activity. Something as simple as walking in the front yard, calling a friend or family member, making a list or thinking about a book I am currently reading are ways to help me move beyond being stuck in the worried “perception of time”. I am not lost in the moment. I can look forward to the other side of the panic and that gives me comfort.
Prayer is an important part of my journey. Sharing a conversation with God truly gives me peace.
Emotions, whether happy or sad, can alter your perception of time. Pause and reflect on the last time when emotions affected how you thought about the present and the future. What can you learn from those times?
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book “Licky the Lizard: was released in 2018.