Time Distortion and Flow State


Welcome to my blog. In this article, I will explore two captivating phenomena—Time Distortion and Flow State—and how they can enhance your personal growth, well-being, and performance. Whether you’re a potential client curious about the possibilities of hypnotherapy or a past client seeking a deeper understanding, I invite you to embark on this journey of self-discovery and transformation.

I. Understanding Time Distortion: The Magic of Perception

Time distortion is an intriguing phenomenon experienced during hypnosis. As our minds enter a deep state of relaxation and heightened suggestibility, time can appear to speed up, slow down, or even become irrelevant. In this section, I will delve into the mechanics of time perception and how it can be harnessed to unlock new possibilities.

Time is not an absolute construct but rather a subjective experience influenced by various factors. During hypnosis, the mind can enter a state of deep relaxation and heightened receptivity to suggestions, allowing for a unique perception of time. It’s as if the usual constraints of time melt away, and we enter a realm where moments stretch and compress according to our inner experience.

In this timeless state, you can tap into the power of the present moment. The worries and distractions of the outside world fade away, leaving you fully immersed in the richness of your inner experiences. Time becomes fluid, allowing for a deeper exploration of your thoughts, emotions, and desires. It is within this time-distorted landscape that profound transformations can occur.

II. Flow State: The Gateway to Optimal Performance

Flow state, often referred to as being “in the zone,” is a state of complete immersion, focus, and enjoyment in an activity. It is a pinnacle of human experience where time seems to vanish, and we operate at our highest potential. In this section, I will uncover the transformative power of flow state and its practical applications.

When you enter a state of flow, you transcend the limitations of time and effortlessly engage with the task at hand. Your attention becomes laser-focused, and actions flow naturally, as if guided by an unseen force. In this state, you experience a merging of action and awareness, where every movement feels instinctual and harmonious.

flow state, time distortion, Rubik's cube

Time takes on a different quality in flow state. It can appear to stretch, as hours pass by in what feels like minutes. Alternatively, it can contract, with minutes feeling like hours when you’re fully absorbed in the present moment. This time distortion phenomenon within flow state amplifies the sense of complete immersion and heightens the pleasure derived from the activity.

Flow state has been observed across various domains, from sports and arts to professional endeavors. Athletes often describe being in a state of flow during peak performance, where their skills are honed to perfection, and they feel a profound connection with their actions. Artists, musicians, and writers also experience flow state when their creativity flows effortlessly, and they become one with their artistic expression.

III. The Symbiotic Relationship: Time Distortion and Flow State

In this section, I bridge the gap between time distortion and flow state, showcasing their profound connection and how they can be synergistically integrated in your hypnotherapy journey.

The relationship between time distortion and flow state is rooted in the fundamental nature of human consciousness. In both phenomena, time becomes a malleable construct, subject to the power of perception. Time distortion, experienced during hypnosis, can pave the way for entering a state of flow, while flow state deepens the time distortion experience, creating a profound sense of being fully present in the moment.

During hypnosis, a skilled hypnotherapist will guide you through relaxation techniques and suggestions that open the door to time distortion. As you enter this altered state of consciousness, the boundaries of time expand or contract, allowing for a more profound exploration of your inner world.

Once time distortion is established, it becomes a fertile ground for accessing flow state. In this harmonious state, your skills, abilities, and focus align perfectly with the challenges presented to you. You become fully absorbed in the present moment, transcending the constraints of time and entering a state of effortless engagement.

The merging of time distortion and flow state amplifies the transformative potential of your hypnotherapy experience. As you explore the depths of your mind, you tap into your innate creativity, resilience, and personal power. The boundaries that once constrained you begin to dissolve, and you discover new realms of possibility.

IV. Practical Applications: Embracing Time Distortion and Flow State in Your Life

Now that I have laid the foundation of understanding, it’s time to explore how time distortion and flow state can be practically applied in various aspects of your life. From personal growth to professional performance, you will discover how these phenomena can elevate your experiences and unlock new realms of possibility.

  1. Personal Development:
    • Managing Stress and Anxiety: Through time distortion techniques, you can create a sanctuary of relaxation and calm, helping you alleviate stress and anxiety.
    • Cultivating Mindfulness: Time distortion can deepen your mindfulness practice, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the present moment and cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness.
    • Enhancing Self-Exploration: By utilising time distortion and flow state, you can embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, exploring your beliefs, values, and inner potential.
  2. Performance Enhancement:
    • Athletic Excellence: Flow state can optimise your athletic performance, as you tap into a heightened state of focus, coordination, and physical mastery.
    • Creative Expression: Unlock your artistic potential by entering flow state, where your creativity flows effortlessly, and you connect deeply with your chosen artistic medium.
    • Professional Achievement: By harnessing flow state in your work, you can achieve peak productivity, tap into innovative thinking, and experience a deep sense of fulfillment.

V. Embrace Your Potential: Partnering with My Hypnotherapy Practice

At Neil Cox Hypnotherapy, I am dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and achieve lasting transformation. As an experienced and compassionate hypnotherapist I am committed to guiding you through the profound journey of time distortion and flow state.

Through a personalised approach, I tailor each session to your unique needs and goals. My expertise in hypnosis allows us to create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore the depths of your consciousness and access your inner wisdom.

By combining the power of time distortion and flow state, I help you unlock new realms of possibility, overcome limitations, and embrace your true potential. Whether you seek personal growth, stress relief, enhanced performance, or self-exploration, my hypnotherapy services provide a transformative platform for your journey.


In the realms of time distortion and flow state, the boundaries of possibility expand, and new horizons come into view. Through hypnotherapy, you can tap into the power of altered time perception and enter a state of flow where your highest potential is realised.

Embrace the magic of time distortion and flow state, and embark on a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and transformative change. Allow me to guide you on this path, as I unlock the doors to your inner potential and help you unleash the extraordinary power that lies within you.

How to find a Good Hypnotherapist


Are you struggling with mental health issues and considering hypnotherapy? If you’re based in Cornwall, you’re in luck! There are many reputable hypnotherapists in the area who can help you on your journey towards better mental health. However, with so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the right hypnotherapist for you. That’s why I’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process and find a good hypnotherapist in Cornwall.

Understanding Hypnotherapy

Before diving into the process of finding a hypnotherapist, it’s important to have a basic understanding of hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to induce a state of relaxation and heightened suggestibility. It can be used to treat a wide range of mental health issues, from anxiety and depression to phobias and addiction.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, in particular, is a popular form of hypnotherapy that focuses on creating positive change in the present and future rather than dwelling on the past. However, most solution focused hypnotherapists will not induce a traditional trance state, being only a very light state of relaxation. Some clients can feel as if this is not what they were expecting.

Having trained in this technique myself, I naturally have alternative methods which do give you that experience of a deeper trance state. It’s a bit like going shopping and expecting the same coat to fit not just yourself, but everyone else in your family. One size definitely doesn’t fit all!

Internet searching

No doubt your main point of call is Google. Typically you’d search ‘hypnotherapy in Cornwall’ and will likely bring up a list of people who are geographically near you, and even include a handy map showing them too. Google does provide a handy overview from how to contact them, whether they’re open at the moment to showing directions on how to get there.

Below the local google search, you will find the websites of local hypnotherapists. If they’re properly setup and popular the higher they’ll show up in the results. However, just because they’re on page one doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth peeking at the next pages. And more than likely, professional listing sites will naturally be more effective at hitting the top spots for search.

Below them are the paid for or ‘sponsored’ entries. They are more than likely hypnotherapists who are seeking to get better visibility by paying for their sites to be advertised. From experience they’re usually from outside of your geographical search area.

Qualifications and Training

When looking for a hypnotherapist in Cornwall, it’s important to consider their qualifications and training. Make sure that the hypnotherapist is registered with a reputable professional organisation, such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Additionally, check their training and credentials to ensure that they have received proper education in hypnotherapy.

Reviews and Testimonials

Reading reviews and testimonials from previous clients can be a great way to gauge a hypnotherapist’s effectiveness and professionalism. Look for reviews on the hypnotherapist’s website or social media pages, and don’t be afraid to ask for references or testimonials from previous clients. Positive reviews and recommendations from trusted sources can give you peace of mind and help you feel confident in your choice of hypnotherapist.

It’s also important to recognise that just because there are registers available online which list out hypnotherapists such as Hypnotherapy Directory or Three Best Rated – they don’t necessarily have any real basis of regulation. They simply act as an easier way of finding local hypnotherapists in a geographical manner. Regulation is always best sought through that therapist’s governing body such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy. This information should be readily available from the therapists website.

Probably one of the best sources of recommendation come from people who have previously seen the therapist. You’re more likely to find that someone you know has known someone who’s been to a local hypnotherapist.

Fake reviews.

The hallmark of any good therapist is the presence of real, sound testimonials from satisfied clients. Considering that my work is of a confidential nature, and unless clients want to share their experience, I don’t. But if you do this where my clients rate and review my work.

Trust Index Fresha reviews

But what about the very concerning issue of fake reviews? I know there are many, many ways of people obtaining reviews through paid or other methods. But how do I ensure my reviews are bona fide and can be trusted?

Well the answer is simple. Clients who leave a review are only offered that opportunity securely from my online booking system after having booked and attended their session. Simple.

The issue of fake google reviews for medical clinics has been highlighted by Emma Hardy of BBC News.

Recommendations from Healthcare Professionals

Another great way to find a good hypnotherapist in Cornwall is to ask for recommendations from healthcare professionals, such as your GP or therapist. They may be able to refer you to a reputable hypnotherapist who has helped their patients in the past. Additionally, if you’re already receiving mental health treatment, your therapist or counsellor may offer hypnotherapy as an additional treatment option.

Professionalism and Communication

When meeting with a potential hypnotherapist, pay attention to their level of professionalism and communication. They should be respectful, empathetic, and non-judgmental, creating a safe space for you to discuss your mental health concerns. Additionally, they should be transparent about their treatment methods and what to expect during hypnotherapy sessions. Be that online or in a face to face environment.

In conclusion

Finding a good hypnotherapist in Cornwall can be a daunting task, but it’s important to take the time to find someone who is reputable, qualified, and experienced. By using the tips and resources mentioned in this article, you can make an informed decision and find a hypnotherapist who can help you achieve your goals and improve your overall well-being.

Remember, it’s essential to have an open mind and a willingness to work on yourself when undergoing hypnotherapy. It’s a collaborative process between the therapist and client, and success depends on both parties’ commitment to the process.

If you’re struggling with any issues and believe that hypnotherapy may be the right choice for you, take the time to research and find a reputable hypnotherapist in Cornwall. With the right support, guidance, and techniques, hypnotherapy can be a transformative experience that can help you achieve your goals and live a happier, healthier life.

Stop Avoiding Decisions

“I don’t know what to think anymore. I used to be so decisive, I knew what I thought and was able to express it so clearly. I just can’t do it anymore though, and I’m really beginning to start worrying about myself”.

Avoiding decision making can be a classic symptom of being a people pleaser.

One of your greatest abilities in life is to actually analyse a situation and determine a course of action, it’s a wonderful gift we have. However, a vicious cycle can easily develop in which you begin to avoid making those important decisions. Then, the more you avoid making decisions, the harder breaking that cycle becomes.

Take the example of a parent who comes from a long line of caregivers. They always seem to have served their families, and enjoy meeting all the needs of people who meet them. All at the expense of their own happiness. You may relate to someone like this, or even feel like you are following a similar pattern for yourself. Until of course you became lost and unable to take part in decision making aspects of life.

You may have said to yourself things like…

  • I don’t care
  • I want to make others happy
  • It’s not that important
  • I don’t know what I think
  • I just can’t decide

So how did this start happening you may ask? Well, there may well be a number of factors involved.

Poor self-esteem – due to a lack of self confidence people pleasers have a need for some form of external validation. To the point that doing things for others will lead to some approval or acceptance.

Perfectionism – some people need everything to be ‘just right’, and that can include how others think and feel.

Past Experiences – Difficult or even traumatic past events can be a contributor. Those who have suffered abuse may try to please others in order to avoid triggering any further abusive behaviours in other people.

Insecurity – If you please other people then there will be no risk or a reduced risk of them not liking you. So you therefore go to all lengths to make sure you are making others happy.

What about considering for a moment on taking a different path…

  • Your family / partner needs to know what you think
  • Making a decision is a great way of expressing your personality
  • Your opinion is worthwhile
  • When you flex those decision making muscles, they naturally become stronger
  • Indecisive can even become annoying to others

Men’s Health Week 2022

Time for your MOT

Men’s Health Week is an important reminder that taking care of one’s physical and mental health should be a top priority for men. The week-long event, which takes place from 13-19 June, coincides with Father’s Day and serves as a reminder that men should pay attention to their health and wellbeing.

Men's Health Week 2022, Man MOT

This year, the theme of Men’s Health Week is focused on men getting an MOT. An MOT is not the type of checkup that one would get at a local garage, but rather a comprehensive checkup of one’s physical and mental health. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it is possible that many serious conditions have been overlooked or even ignored by men. This is why Men’s Health Week is urging men to take a step back from the pandemic and prioritise their health and wellbeing.

It is important to note that cancer diagnoses have fallen during the pandemic, and GP visits have also decreased, with male visits being affected more than female visits. Therefore, it is crucial to encourage men to prioritise their health and get an MOT to ensure that any underlying conditions are detected early on and can be treated effectively.

While physical health is an essential aspect of overall health, mental health is often overlooked. It is essential to ensure that men take care of their mental health by prioritising self-care and seeking help if needed. Taking care of one’s mental health can involve getting a good night’s sleep, managing stress and anxiety at work, and finding ways to relax and unwind.

For men who are struggling with their mental health, there are resources available to help. Men can seek support from mental health professionals or access helpful advice through resources like the Man MOT and the Man MOT for the mind.

The Man MOT is a quick and easy DIY checkup that men can perform to assess their overall health and wellbeing. It is a comprehensive assessment that covers various aspects of physical and mental health, including sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and stress levels.

The CAN DO Manual is a free PDF download that collects together all the great ideas that Men’s Health Champions have come up with to boost mental wellbeing. It offers practical tips and advice on how to improve mental health and wellbeing and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

In addition to the Man MOT, men can also take advantage of the NHS Health Check, which is a free assessment of a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The NHS Health Check assesses a person’s risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease, and provides advice on how to manage these risks.

If men are concerned about any symptoms or health issues, they should not hesitate to see their GP or use the NHS 111 service. Seeking medical attention early on can help to detect and treat any underlying health conditions.

In conclusion, Men’s Health Week is an important reminder that men should prioritize their health and wellbeing. By taking care of their physical and mental health, men can lead healthier, more fulfilling lives and prevent serious health conditions from developing. It is essential to encourage men to get an MOT, seek help if needed, and take advantage of the resources available to them. Let us all share and spread the word about Men’s Health Week to help those who may need a little nudge to get checked.

Joining a Google Meet

Your First Step to Mastering Your Mental Health

Taking care of our mental health is becoming increasingly important, especially with the busy and stressful lives we lead. While many people prefer in-person therapy, online therapy has become an increasingly popular option in recent years, especially since the pandemic hit. With so many different video meeting platforms available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Google Meet, however, is one of the best options available for online therapy. In this article, I will provide you with simple instructions on how to join your first Google Meet.

Before I dive into the steps, it’s worth noting that you will need a laptop/desktop or a mobile device to participate in online therapy. You may also find it beneficial to download the Google Meet app, which can make the process a little more straightforward.

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Joining a Google Meet on Mobile Devices (iPhone, Android, iPad)

If you’re using a mobile device to join a Google Meet, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the email you received from your therapist with the meeting link.
  2. Click on the meeting link provided in the email.
  3. Click “Ask to join” to request access to the meeting.
  4. Once your therapist has given you access, you will be automatically redirected to the meeting.
  5. Occasionally, you may need to approve the request for permission to use your device’s camera and microphone.

Joining a Google Meet on Desktop or Laptop Computers

If you’re using a desktop or laptop computer to join a Google Meet, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the email you received from your therapist with the meeting link.
  2. Click on the meeting link provided in the email.
  3. Click “Join now” to request access to the meeting.
  4. Once your therapist has given you access, you will be redirected to the meeting.
  5. Occasionally, you may need to approve the request for permission to use your computer’s camera and microphone.

Now that we’ve covered the steps for joining a Google Meet, it’s worth discussing why online therapy is becoming increasingly popular. One of the main advantages of online therapy is convenience. You can receive therapy from the comfort of your own home, without the need to travel to a therapist’s office. This can be especially beneficial for those who live in rural or remote areas, as it can be difficult to find a therapist nearby.

Another advantage of online therapy is that it can be more flexible than in-person therapy. With online therapy, you can schedule sessions outside of regular office hours, which can be beneficial for those who work full-time or have other commitments.

Of course, online therapy is not for everyone. Some people may prefer the face-to-face interaction of in-person therapy, while others may not feel comfortable using technology to connect with their therapist. However, for those who are open to the idea, online therapy can be a highly effective and convenient option.

In conclusion, joining a Google Meet for therapy is a simple and stress-free process, and one that can have a positive impact on your mental health. With online therapy becoming increasingly popular, it’s worth considering whether it’s the right option for you. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily connect with your therapist from the comfort of your own home and take that first step towards mastering your mental health.

For those more technically minded, I can confirm that if you’re not using the Google Meet app and accessing through your browser….using Google Chrome as your browser is the preferred way. For those that have Apple products the default browser (Safari) can suffer with some minor audio crackling, so switching to Google Chrome would be advantageous for you, allowing for more adjustments and quality etc.

Additionally, the requirement for a gmail email address is not a prerequisite – unless you are using a mobile device such as a tablet / phone. Desktops and laptops are the preferred option allowing use of the platform without a gmail email.

Test Anxiety: Overcome Your Worries

Many people experience exam nerves or anxiety before taking a test or exam. But it’s not just when you’re younger whilst at school or college, adults can and do suffer enormously with these worries as well. Although a little bit of nervousness can help you to perform better, when it becomes excessive and interferes with things, it starts to be a real hindrance to your life and can bring on symptoms of anxiety.

So, you’ve been doing the homework, read all your notes repeatedly, and even done some exam practice sessions. What could possibly cause you to then end up full of exam nerves, and unable to demonstrate the simplest of tasks to your examiner? Well, it’s exam or test anxiety – an extreme reaction to taking tests or exams, be they practical or written. 

It’s the same as when you have to present to co-workers a work presentation. You’ve rehearsed and continually revised your subject but on the day it all goes wrong because of the anxiety literally ruining everything you’ve prepared for.

Exam nerves

A lot of professionals need to train in new processes / procedures and are examined with practical tests. Whilst these people have all the skills and capability to do really well, the anxiety surrounding them prevents them from demonstrating what they are able to do. Those exam nerves or test anxiety puts an end to their aspirations and can severely limit a persons career.

Excessive anxiety

We all experience some form of anxiousness around these situations, like butterflies in the stomach, but when things escalate to a point where you are suffering poor sleep or ill health it’s probably time to tackle it. That excessive level of anxiety can make it almost impossible to concentrate and answer the simplest of questions or complete tasks. Everything becomes inaccessible, as if your thinking brain simply goes ‘on holiday’. You know you know the answers, but that part of your brain that has them, simply goes blank.

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This can seriously damage your ability to move forward in life, preventing you from gaining the promotion you seek, or up-skilling to another pay grade. Your self esteem drops, and a general feeling of hopelessness can overtake your emotions. It can be a never ending spiral of having done poorly before, and so automatically assuming it will be difficult or impossible again.

Overcome the anxiety

The good news is, there are effective methods of tackling and overcoming these issues that cause so much despondency amongst those who find it difficult to manage anxiety. 

My dynamic, quick and effective plan will get you back to your old self, or just be the person you want to be. Become able to take on tasks, be more confident in presenting to others and get through those tests to move forward in your job. No-one should feel they are incapable of improving their chances in life, and I will make sure you get the best techniques, delivered professionally and with the results you want. 

Want to know more, drop me a line at neil@coxhypnotherapy.com or why not just book a free consultation using my online booking portal right now? It’s non-committal, carried out in the comfort of your own home via Google Meet and will explain everything you need to decide whether this is for you.