Leisure in Corona 


Recent Conditions Due to the Outbreak of Coronavirus in the World, have an impact on many daily and routine programs, especially on cultural and social activities. And in some cases has disrupted some cultural and educational programs. But what to do in the current situation with Corona?  Children who have spent most of their time at home, how can they now overcome these conditions without being harmed – both physically and mentally – How can they spend this? How can they be entertained?


Corona foot on the neck of leisure:

These days, and in difficult circumstances affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, the lack of a specific program for children to spend their free time, have made some families anxious and worried more than before .  If we add to this, the problems of the head of the family, the situation becomes much more complicated, because usually Planning for children’s leisure time is directly related to the family’s economic situation.  Social affairs experts considered paying attention to the economic dimension of Leisure planning is very important and limited to recreational, sports and cultural facilities as well as high costs of using these facilities that  sometimes point out that it is impossible for young people from the middle and weak strata of society.  In fact, planning for leisure is influenced by employment and due to the difficult economic situation that afflicts many families these days, some families have not the financial ability to organize and regulate their time. They do not have the leisure of students and can not have economic planning for some recreational and educational programs. In such situations, children, especially teenagers, are usually attracted to the peer group and spend their free time outside the family and with friends.


Corona foot on the neck of leisure:


And it can be boldly said that one of the most important factors in the occurrence of various social ills related to lack of proper management and planning for optimal children’s leisure.  Therefore, considering that optimal leisure time has an effective role in preventing all kinds of social harms, planning Properly is necessary for the leisure of these people.  Expert research has shown that people who have useful and desirable leisure time are economically more productive.  How you spend your leisure time affects the social and cultural dimensions of the individual. In a way that a favorable leisure time leads to increase in the level of consciousness, awareness and exchange of ideas.  In addition, if people have useful and desirable leisure time, their social outlook and vision will be strong.


Boredom is useful:

“In an interview with the BBC,” says Dr. Theresa Belten, a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia and a researcher on the relationship between boredom and imagination. “boredom is an important factor in creating” internal stimuli “that underlie true creativity.”

Although our capacity to bear this feeling may have been greatly diminished despite the Internet and its unfinished charms, it has been important for decades that not doing anything “has been a hot topic of discussion among experts and has been emphasized.  In 1993, a psychoanalyst named Adam Phillips wrote, “That if the child is tolerant of having a situation in which he is bored it can be considered an achievement in his growth process.”  Because we are unemployed and we get bored, there is an opportunity for us to think and meditate on life instead of rushing past it and its meaning.

London-based child psychologist Lynn Fry, whose main focus is on education, advises parents to write down a list of things their children might enjoy doing during the holidays  with their at least 4 years old child. This list can include: Very simple activities such as reading books or cycling, or special occasions, such as cooking a noble meal,having a performance or a photography rehearsal in it.  In the future, whenever your child comes to you complaining that he or she is bored, tell him or her to go and take a look at that list and find something to do.  In this case, your child may be unemployed for a while and get bored, but it’s important to know that this time is not wasted.  (( Fry)) says <<there is no problem for children to get a little bored !!! It is only in this way that children learn ” to stand on their own two feet.”

In 1930, a philosopher named Bertrand Russell proposed a similar theory.  He allocated  one chapter of his book, The Conquest of Happiness, to use potential values of boredom and workless .  Russell believed that imagination and the ability to manage this feeling of unemployment should be learned in childhood ” The child will grow best when it takes root in a corner, like a plant, without disturbing it.  Too much travel is not good for children.  “These things prevent children from gaining the ability to endure this pain and useful monotony as they grow.”


Creativity is essential:

We all know that we need to observe social distance, avoid unnecessary travel,  and stay home as much as possible, and avoid going to places  which may be crowded.  But what about kids’ leisure time?  Kids who have already spent most of the year at home, How can we go through this period without being harmed now?  How can they be entertained?  The key to success is in two things: maintaining a daily schedule and Creativity.

1-Maintain a daily schedule:

Having a clear and predictable schedule based on repetition and timing – like what happens during school – gives children the feeling that they have the control of things.  For example, set specific hours for your children to sleep, play, and watch TV, and try to stay stick to them.



Now that resources and access are limited, parents need to be creative in turning any situation into a game and hobby.  Example If you can not go on a long trip , try to find a suitable and low-traffic place in nature and eat food there or even sleep there at night. If it isn’t possible and you can not use the benefits of nature, camp in the yard or even on the balcony or inside the house.  By doing this, make a small change in the repetitive and tedious life of these days and create enjoyable experiences and memorable memories for the children.  Finally, as mentioned earlier, give the kids some time for themselves. You are not responsible for entertaining children at all times and in all circumstances.  They need to be able to find entertainment for themselves. Excess Planning for children’s leisure is unnecessary and can even deprive them of discovering what is really interesting to them.


Types of entertainment offered:

Playing is still the most classic and ideal image we all have in our leisure time, cycling with the kids next door, building a trench with friends, performing shows with siblings, going to the beach with family.  But what makes the game so appealing and what exactly is the benefit of playing for kids?

When it comes to games, we should not limit our thinking to a specific activity.  There are different types of games.  In social games like Group games with the ball, friendly competitive games or playing the role of imaginary heroes, in these games children play with each other or with adults.  At Guided games, adults determine the type of game for children.  For example, their coach tells them, “We want to perform with these devices. What do you think should be the theme of this show? How do we get started?”

In solo games, such as storytelling with dolls, puzzles, game bricks, etc., children play alone.  During these games, children learn to  discover the physical and social environment around them and create new realities in their minds.  Games for children is an exercise to solve the problem And it’s a test of how to love, how to behave wisely, and how to stay safe. Research in this area has shown that play can neurologically stimulate a “war or flight” reaction without releasing  cortisol.  Cortisol is a stress-relieving chemical that is normally released during “war or flight” situations.  According to Ben Mardell, Researcher, teacher and expert in the field of games and growth and head of the game research group in Zero Project, a project that Harvard University with The purpose of the study was to improve education: “I believe that any activity can be a game or not, just  its enough to  Have playfulness in ourselves.  To be in a situation and that situation arouses our curiosity and we realize that the situation can be enjoyable and  fun and roll up your sleeves and get into action.  “Even if we look at it from the right angle, even cleaning can be enjoyable and fun.”


Being in nature is important :

In the early 1980s, biologist Edward Wilson proposed the hypothesis of biophilia.  Based on this hypothesis, humans instinctively are inclined to the natural environment around them, but if we ask today’s parents, they will say the opposite is true. They prefer  Their children sit in front of  TV or computers to play outside the home. The fear that children  stay indoors too much is so pervasive and  There is now a name for it: nature deficiency disorder. There is no doubt that the children of this century spend much more time staying indoors, but what is the reason for this?  Most of all, Technology.


Being in nature is important :


Richard Lowe, author of “The Last Child in the Jungle: Saving Children from Natural Disorders,” recounts “He likes playing at home more than playing outside,” because all the electrical outlets are inside, “he said.  Another reason is the growing fear of parents is one of the diseases and dangers of playing outside the home, which based on the available scientific evidence, in most cases, fear is completely wrong. New research findings indicate the importance and necessity of spending time outside the home, both for children and adults.  Some researchers say The outdoor environment can be anywhere outside the home.  Some say that the outdoor environment should be a green environment where there are trees and plants.  Others have also shown that even a photo of green space can have benefits for human mental health.  But they all agree on one thing, Children who play outside are smarter, happier, and calmer, and are less anxious in comparison to children who spend more time at home. Although we do not yet know exactly how nature affects children’s cognitive function and moral development, there are some things we are sure will happen:

Being in nature increases self-confidence, increases creativity and imagination, teaches responsibility,  provides more emotional stimuli for him, makes children more active and mobile, forces them to think and meditate, and reduces  chronic stress and fatigue.

We can look at staying home in the days of Corona with a valuable opportunity in which we can learn a lot and learn more from life and enjoy.  You can fill your free time with the least cost. Do not waste time for yourself and the kids.  Even the best stuff can be taught the children.  It is important that we look at time correctly.  



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