Has your perception of time changed during the pandemic?
Time, as well as space, are closely related concepts. That is, they are there independently of our consciousness, reasoning, measurement, or action. Before birth and after death there is time and space.
The human being gives very important meaning to time, because through actions such as scheduling, he/she organizes his/her social practices (work, appointments, events). However, with isolation, there is less travel and therefore fewer activities.
As a result, the measures implemented to prevent the spread of the pandemic have led to a feeling of less space and a lengthening of time.
The same measure seeks to expand time in the face of the disease. For example, bringing forward the Easter holidays involved containing travel, and with it, containing spatiality. At the same time, this strategy allowed for three weeks of buffering to prevent the expansion of COVID-19.
Factors such as work activities, income level, type and size of housing, good or bad health, and the individual's attitude to isolation influence an individual's experience of space and time.
The recommendation is to carry out strategies that allow us to find positive aspects and above all not to lose the conscience on how the time passes, to have the pursuit of the day of the week and the date. To do this, routines help to organize ideas, behaviors, and social interactions, including family rules.
The most important thing to remember is that this phase of isolation will end; it will not be permanent.
Be aware that the pandemic is a challenge we face as a society, which offers an opportunity for improvement. Also, it represents a moment to reevaluate our social ties and even make better use of our time at home.
Source: UNAM Global, as explained by Enriqueta Lerma Rodríguez, PhD in Anthropology at UNAM.