Where do you spend your psychological time?
As human beings we have three ‘time zones’ that we can spend our psychological time in: the past, the present and the future. Which one we spend most time in and how we spend time there in our minds can directly affect our level of happiness and well-being.
Many people who suffer from low mood and depression spend a lot of time in the past. Reliving past events, feeling the emotions related to those events and expecting that their future will hold more of the same.
Many people who suffer from anxiety spend a lot of time in the future imagining difficult situations – overestimating risk whilst underestimating their capacity to cope. These people also ask ‘what if’ questions but generally don’t provide an answer to what they would do should the situation arise.
Many people who suffer from addictions spend a lot of time focused on the present, consumed with satisfying their craving/desire immediately without being able to connect with any future consequences.
Happy, mentally healthy people spend most of their time in the present, focusing on what is happening now and responding in a balanced, adult way whilst occasionally revisiting happy memories from the past and spending time imagining a positive future.
So it’s worth taking a moment to notice where you spend most of your psychological time and how it impacts your experience of life.
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About Paula Hamilton
Paula is a fully qualified Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist, committed to safe practice and dedicated to her clients' journey of change. Her philosophy is to partner clients in this journey by providing therapeutic skills in an environment to facilitate change. Her approach focuses on outcomes, emotional health, psychoeducation & skill building.