Let’s do the time stretch: make summer seem to last longer

How can it already be mid-July? Where does the time go?

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It would be nice to save time in a bottle, but it flies away when we’re having fun.

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At least we have the whole summer ahead of us… wait, what? How did it come to be already the middle of July?

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There are ways to lengthen the summer, to take the social convention (time) we use to chart our lives and pinpoint when good memories were formed, and use it to enhance the present.

You just need to slow down and smell the flowers, so to speak, says a Victoria-based creative life coach. We could all relearn how to hang out.

“We have changed how we feel about time, or how time has changed us”, rebecca haas saying. “We know that time is a construction, and I feel it more than ever at this moment. I think it’s because of our phones: all the alerts, all the ringing, the buzzing, all the ways it gets our attention.

“I just don’t think we have flow in our time because our time is divided into very small pieces in our days. I think everyone really needs to think about how to change the way time feels.”

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And there’s no better way to do that, he said, than to be so interested in what you’re doing at any given moment to the point of fully committing yourself.

“My favorite thing this time of year is to take an aimless walk,” Haas said. “Set your phone to turn off in an hour so you don’t have to keep looking at the time and go for a walk. The first thing that catches your eye, stop and look at it. At this time of year, there will be things like flowers and birds. They will be bees. It will be all these amazing things that are summer.”

Rebecca Haas, a Victoria-based creative life coach, has some tips for making summer go longer, including: Slow down and smell the flowers. jpg

Do you remember when you were a child, she asked, and how butterflies and dragonflies fascinated us? Do you remember the smell of the neighbor’s barbecue and the freshly cut grass? Birds singing in the early summer morning?

“All of that is still true, we just don’t see it anymore. We just hang around like adults because we think we have a lot of important things to do.

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“But we don’t.”

Speaking of barbecues, instead of having people over and stressing about it, why not have a simple picnic, Haas suggested.

Enjoy the summer bounty of fruits and vegetables we are blessed to grow in BC

“There are a lot of things that make time feel different,” Haas said.

Experts say that time passes faster, or seems to pass, as we get older. Maybe it’s math: Two summer months is a much smaller fraction of your life at 50 than it is at five.

In Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, there is a US Air Force officer named Dunbar who tries to lengthen his life by “cultivating boredom” which he hopes will slow time down.

The book is satire and farce, of course. Author claudia hammondan award-winning British broadcaster and writer on psychology and neuroscience, writes in her book Time Warped that “for young people, summer seems to drag on without end.

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“However, in middle age, the days can be confused with each other. June turns into September at a rate bewildering enough to make you wonder if it’s possible to slow down time.”

Focusing on things that only happen in the summer is one place to start, Haas said.

One of his favorites is to sun tea (pssst, don’t tell Health Canada).

Black tea is most common to put in a pitcher of water and let the sun bake for seven to eight hours, but almost any edible herb or plant will do.

“It’s fantastic, it’s delicious,” Haas said.

When you talk about summer, he said, just look at all the things you can do that you can’t do in November or February.

“I would say there are vacant activities that we associate with summer, but there are a lot of things that make the weather feel different, that really say, ‘Oh, I know it’s summer because there are finches nesting and I hear the birds singing. , and it’s sunny earlier in the morning, so I can sit outside and have a coffee, right?

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All the things you can’t experience in the winter, like enjoying your lunch outside.

“Things that I can only do in the summer, but I have to make space and time to remember what they are,” he said.

“We are so busy planning for the future or ruminating on the past, and gosh, we do it all the time. But if you want to stretch time, you need to be in the present.”

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