During leisure time, possibilities and transformations open up, a change is born that will bring other results.

Who doesn’t want to have a little time every day to relax from the weekly whirlwind? Finding that gap is sometimes not an easy task, however, when you are face to face with that long-awaited moment, it is possible that fear emerges, not knowing what to do, finding oneself. Achieving a balance and making friends with those spaces when necessary, are the keys to making the most of it and making it bear fruit.

Without going any further, free time is a space without labor, domestic obligations, or specific activities. “A time away from personal commitments, which often have to do with the extra hours that remain after finishing everything pending,” says Mariana Kerestezachi, psychologist and systemic family therapist.

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California on 35,000 individuals revealed that, Having free time helps emotional well-being, but to a certain extent, since too much of it is detrimental. He indicates that the ideal is to have between two and three free hours per day, neither more nor less, while exceeding five can generate negative consequences linked to demotivation and lack of productivity.

During leisure time, possibilities and transformations open up, a change is born that will bring other results.Shutterstock

However, What happens once all those activities that yes or yes have to be done are finished and suddenly you are hand in hand with recreation? The truth is that, faced with this situation, the head is filled with doubts and questions. Some run away for fear of feeling empty or not knowing what to do, what they like. Others for not facing themselves or for not wanting to face pending issues to be resolved, they prefer to spend time working and do not enjoy those relaxation spaces.

But why is it difficult to take advantage of that time without feeling guilty? Juan Martín Barbich, professional ontological coach explains that he has to do with the idea that modern societies impart a social mandate where require individuals to be productive. In other words, to occupy their time working and studying. “And on this path towards globalization, individuality was lost in order to form part of a whole, giving rise to a paradigm that values ​​more those who are active, those who are creating, what It takes us away from how important it is to take a moment to encourage creativity and leisure, two aspects that stimulate our vision of the world, that allow us to know and look at things from another perspective”, says Barbich.

When you are immersed in the routine, there is almost no possibility of change, of rethinking; governs autopilot and inertia. In this case, taking a break and pausing encourages other neural circuits in the brain to turn on and start generating new thoughts, which will allow different decisions to be made. “This is the moment where possibilities open up, transformations, where a change is gestated that will bring other results. I think you have to take that time to see what I discover, what I find”, says the coach.

“Our leisure time has to have a meaning, a purpose so that we do not see it as something wasted or that makes us feel unproductive"Mariana Kerestezachi, psychologist and systemic family therapist
“Our leisure time has to have a meaning, a purpose so that we don’t see it as something wasted or that makes us feel unproductive”, Mariana Kerestezachi, psychologist and systemic family therapistMartin Steinthaler – Moment RF

It also happens that in the course of this maelstrom “People demand of themselves to have better results, they put pressure on themselves, they want more and more and they don’t let up, or they are not allowed to either,” says Ricardo Corral, psychiatrist, president of the Argentine Association of Psychiatrists.

Stopping and finding ourselves requires an exercise to face the fear and uncertainty of not knowing what we are going to find on the other side, since “many times it is still not clear what I want to do”, says Kerestezachi. Therefore, tightening the handbrake is not usually easy, but the results that are generated after moments of relaxation, in its broadest sense, make them worthwhile.

“Our leisure time has to have a meaning, a purpose so that we do not see it as something wasted or that makes us feel unproductive. The key is to set a goal, to find a balance between work and recreation that is so necessary for our mental, physical and emotional health. You have to allow yourself to do what each one thinks is necessary and take advantage of it without thinking about ´what they will say´”, reflects Kerestezachi.

The question lies in finding a goal, something that entertains, that does the body and mind good, that clears up.

The specialists consulted give suggestions to fully maximize the moments of leisure and recreation and thus, incorporate them healthily into daily routines.

Although leisure can be seen as something disruptive, even as a space that is difficult to enjoy, making friends will allow you to have a healthier life, a more eased mind. “Recreational activities and sports release positive endorphins for well-being and emotions improving cognitive performance, educational and work skills”, Corral concludes.

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