The fast pace of each day makes you feel like there is no time left for anything. I know wants the weekend to be long, There are more holidays and shorter working hours. In this busy scenario, disdain rules that there is no time to do what you want and be with what you want. Leisure time is associated with happiness, but why don’t we always enjoy it?
Space free from work, household responsibilities, and specific activities are keys to a life of joy. “They are the moments outside of daily commitments that we allot to ourselves and that generate well-being in the long run”, Commented Julien Bernard, Reference for Health and Wellness Wellness Programs for Panamerican Energy (PAE).
However, beyond the virtues that these moments are supposed to offer, reality shows another face: there is a significant part of the population that does not know how to manage it and fails in the effort to enjoy it.
A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the University of California on 35,375 individuals showed that Having free time helps with emotional well-being, but up to a certain point because too much of it can be harmful. As indicated, the norm is have between two and three free hours per day, no more no less. Exceeding five can produce negative consequences associated with demotivation and lack of productivity.
Then, What happens to us internally with leisure that we cannot enjoy those places?
“It may turn out The head is filled with doubts and questions and the person suddenly does not know what to do or what they like, Furthermore, sometimes these circumstances force them to discover themselves and have pending problems”, explains Juan Martín Barbich, professional oncological coach.
Bernard says that sometimes it is difficult to enjoy these places because “We don’t dare leave our comfort zone or we get too focused on work tasks.” And what’s worse, we still don’t know what to do: “Then we fall into the consumption of social networks and entertainment platforms, which tire us out more than help us relax,” he adds. .
In this context, not only people but organizations are also looking for ways to optimize these hours and make them productive. How? They venture into alternative projects where they make various offers to their partners activities so that they can fulfill their leisure time and take advantage of it efficiently.
For example, in energy pae in which a variety of proposals have been implemented Encourage fun and learning for your employees. “We want to provide the tools so that everyone can manage leisure in a practical way and get the most out of it,” says Bernard.
Its programs have something for every taste and interest: for art lovers, there are Painting and singing classes, theatrical and photographic outings too, There are places of meditation for those who need to clear their mind; Those with an inquisitive spirit can opt for virtual meetings and talks moderated by renowned experts from various fields.
In turn, there are plans for parents, where they are taught to bond with their children through play. “With these techniques, many people find themselves from another place and look at life from a different perspective”, Reflection Bernard.
According to Barbich, many people find it difficult to enjoy free time due to modern society They provide a mandate where they need individuals to be productive, In other words, that they spend their time working and studying. “In this path towards globalization, the idea of being part of a whole was lost, giving rise to a paradigm that gives more importance to those who are active, creating”, comments the expert. .
It also happens that during this vortex “people demand better results from themselves, they put pressure on themselves, They want more and more and they don’t give up, Or they are not even allowed to”, says Ricardo Corral, a psychiatrist and president of the Argentine Association of Psychiatrists.
This situation “takes us away from how important it is to take the time encourage creativity and leisure, Two aspects that stimulate our vision of the world, that allow us to know and see things from another perspective”, reflects Barbich.
Seems like Balance between entertainment and daily responsibilities It is not an easy task, but it is the gateway to a life in harmony.
For Mariana Ceresteschi, psychologist and systemic family therapist, the key to achieving this is having a purpose “so that we don’t see free time as something that is wasted or that makes us feel unproductive.” And he suggests setting yourself a goal.
“Be encouraged to take action and believe in your ideas. Important squeeze the juice out of free time Do more new things or things that bring joy. Meaningful activities will, at the end of the day, give you satisfaction”, Bernard concluded.