Quarantine has restricted leisure time inside homes. For those who have been able to move the office to their home, this causes there is no obvious break between work and break times, since all must develop between the same four walls. Routines and taking an active part in tasks, instead of waiting for time to pass, are some of the experts’ suggestions to differentiate weekends from working days when you’re confined.
The clinical psychologist of the Center for Clinical Psychology and the Official College of Psychologists of Madrid Manuel Oliva recommends that, as far as possible, different environments be established for each activity. “It is important that let’s always telework in the same space and that we only dedicate it to that task. If we go to bed with the computer or in the living room with the rest of the family, when we are later in those places we will not just disconnect, “he develops. Along these lines, it is also essential to try to maintain routines and establish certain rituals, such as dressing on the street before starting work and changing into more comfortable clothes when the day is over.
An idea that is repeated by the executive director of Sage for Spain and Portugal, Luis Pardo, who encourages reaching agreements also with the inhabitants of the house to establish which time is leisure and which is work. A task in which, according to the executive, the company must train employees. “It is a cultural issue, not only having the appropriate tools: except emergencies, emails should not be sent on weekends, they are guidelines of conduct that must be applied by the entire company, it is not necessary to modulate technology so that this does not“He insists.
As for leisure time, the coach and founding member of Misstake School, Eva Álvarez, insists on the importance of staying active. “There is nothing that despairs more than sitting and waiting. If you’re doing things, time flies by, “he says. The expert encourages people to stay truly active and not just just kill time. “It’s okay to spend an afternoon watching Netflix, but TV can’t be the official drug of confinement.. There must be other things that we like to do and, above all, that are done, without limiting ourselves to being a taxpayer throughout the weekend, ”claims Álvarez.
To do this, Oliva recommends writing a list of activities with things that could be done during quarantine. “As if it were the menu of a restaurant. And based on it, choosing each day according to the circumstances, “continues the expert, who also insists on preventing entertainment options from generating added stress. “You have to assume that there is no time for everything” It also invites each person to reflect at this stage on what they like to do, since there are no universal recipes. “We enter a race to do things that do not really attract our attention. It is absurd to engage in board games or reading if it is not what we want, “he points out. Although it does recommend doing some physical activity, even if you are not used to it, since only day to day generates a certain movement that is not possible during confinement.
Activities can go from crafts to dancing, without giving up moments of solitude, reflection or rest. “Not everything has to be done online, because that makes you depend on resources that you cannot generate. It is an opportunity to ask ourselves what we like to do with ourselves without having to attend a concert on Instagram or attend a videoconference ”, justifies the head of Misstake School.
During the weekends, Oliva bets on small whims that make the monotony come out like cooking with the family or a special meal. It is also important to leave a space for social interactions, both face-to-face, if possible, and virtual. “Although we cannot maintain a physical closeness, we must use the tools that we have today, such as video calls or messaging applications ”, points out the director of the master’s degree in Occupational Risk Prevention at the International University of Valencia, Hugo Figueiredo. In this sense, Oliva recommends doing a creativity exercise: “On weekends, taking advantage of the fact that we have more time, we can have a drink or do some activity with our friends through a video call.”