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Time


How strange time is and our perception of it.


When lockdown from Covid-19 began in March this year, time seemed to fly by. Neurologically this was explained by the fact that, staying in one place meant fewer memorable moments; fewer of these mean that time speeds up as memories are not punctuated by external changes and so time, days, weeks blur and time seems to pass very quickly. The lockdown months seemed to fly by. Summer also came quickly due to a very early outing of the sun in the UK at least. Again, this helped to fool me into thinking that we were further ahead in the year than we really were.


Now, as lockdown eases, time seems to have slowed again: I cannot believe it is only July. the weather has turned cooler and, due to that early quickening of the first part of the year, it feels like it could almost be autumn and yet, in academic terms, school summer holidays have only just begun.


In times of fear, trauma or high alert, time slows our brains tell us to release hormones and chemicals which will help to keep us alert and safe. Being ultra observant does keep us in a state which is ready for action and also makes time slow down - the physics or mathematical timing of seconds and minutes hasn't altered, only our awareness has.


So our perception of time really is impacted by what is going on. Does the expression 'time flies when you're having fun' stem from the fact that, although we are having fun, perhaps there are not enough changes to punctuate our memories and help to savour those moments even more. Perhaps the answer is planning a multi-location party or holiday......that way our minds will never get bored.