A recent Australian study suggests (scientific) avenues to better endure a possible re-containment and the long evenings spent locked up due to the curfew.
Are we heading towards a third confinement in France? At a time when indicators are increasing (the number of new daily Covid-19 cases, the rate of positivity for Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus infection …) and when the British coronavirus mutation begins to to deploy in France, the question seems legitimate.
In anticipation of a new containment, researchers from the RMIT University (in Australia) asked themselves a very simple question: how to be happy when you are confined at home? To answer it, the Australian researchers worked with 137 volunteers aged 18 and over, who had to answer a questionnaire about their emotions.
Being happy despite confinement: instructions for use
Scientists have drawn from it a “manual” to cultivate happiness despite confinement. First, it is necessary to indulge in meaningful activities Clearly, we don’t spend the afternoon in front of Netflix or the evening scrolling through our Twitter feed, and we prioritize activities that are good for our self-esteem. For example, why not take the opportunity to discover new recipes, learn to knit / draw / play an instrument, or even to sort our wardrobe?
Deuzio, Australian researchers stress the importance of continue to do activities that you enjoy – it is about not completely cutting yourself off from your habits. And for this, the virtual can be a great ally, for example for a drink with friends (the famous “aperitif-zoom”), to visit a museum or an exhibition (most places of culture now offer virtual tours) or even … window shopping!
““Distracting” activities (like watching TV or surfing the internet) bring positive emotions in the moment, but these don’t last., explains Dr. Lauren Saling, main author of this work published in the specialized journal PLOS One. We recommend instead mixing creative activities and good-humored habits to cope with any possible re-containment.“
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