Devaluing leisure time can be bad for mental health – In time

Prioritizing one sector over another causes imbalance in the mind-body connection | Photo: Reproduction

MANAUS (AM) – With everyday obligations, it often seems that 24 hours a day are not enough and leisure is left out. And for many, leisure is considered a waste of productivity, but the truth is that it is very important for mental health, according to research.

Devaluing the time devoted to leisure can harm mental health and even productivity at work. The data is from a compilation of studies published in the journal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Scientists at Ohio University in the United States conducted four surveys that, together, help to understand the importance of hobbies and the like. They show that volunteers who belittled these activities or did not engage in them tended to exhibit higher rates of stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

“There are many studies suggesting that leisure has benefits for mental health and that it can make us more productive,” said Selin Malkoc, one of the authors of the work.

According to the psychologist at Audimed Saúde, Natássia Santos, it is necessary to balance all areas of life. If we prioritize one sector more than another, there will be an imbalance in the mind-body connection.

Strict behavior patterns always tend to generate psychological pressures, tension and demands on the individual. These can also generate mental illnesses such as: stress, anxiety, Bornout syndrome, physical and mental exhaustion (burnout) and even depression. Thus, signaling the malfunction of the physical and mental relationship

Not raising the level of satisfaction and pleasure can lead to a drop in work performance. “I can even make a funny comparison, but very relevant with the bread dough that needs to rest to grow. In our life it’s also like that, we need to stop, catch our breath again or recover energy”.

happiness hormones

The psychologist highlights that the overload of tasks can lead a person to depression and explains that, organically, the body needs the release of hormones that bring us pleasure and happiness, such as dopamine and serotonin.

“These hormones are produced when stimulated with mainly leisure activities. The lack of them highlights several symptoms such as: fatigue, sleep disturbances, changes in hygiene, irritability, lack of energy, among others”, he emphasizes.

manage time

The psychologist recommends that managing leisure time is crucial for us to provide ourselves with a better quality of life. “Extracting the behaviors that steal your time and that in the end don’t generate pleasure and emotional well-being. Thus, leisure tips are: self-care, physical activities, playing video games, watching a series or a movie, looking for hobbies that you enjoy as long as you allow yourself to live that moment with full attention, dedicating yourself to yourself”.

*With information from the consultancy.

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