"In 1962, a French geologist, Michel Siffre, descended into a cave more than 400 feet below ground and stayed there for two months. He left his watch, and any other indicators of time, at the surface to experience what life was like 'beyond time.' He discovered that without any external time cues, he started to lose track of the minutes, hours, and days. He went into the cave on July 16, and had planned to come out on September 14. His team alerted him when the day arrived, but according to his estimation it was only August 20. 'I believed I still had another month to spend in the cave. My psychological time had compressed by a factor of two,' he said in a 2008 interview."
There's an episode of "Seinfeld" in which Kramer and Newman engage in a brief discussion about what day it is, and what certain days "feel" like. "Tuesday has no feel," Newman suggests. But, of course, Friday and Sunday both have feels. At least, they used to. No day feels like anything, these days. Time itself is more uncertain than ever, especially for those who've been laid off and no longer have any structured tasks to anchor their days.
In this piece for Vice, Shayla Love explores how this amorphous bending of time has changed our moods and the way we approach the day. She also offers suggestions (tested by psychologists, of course) for how to include rituals and events into each day to add structure to our lives. Though time is, as we all know, a flat circle, there are ways to make it not quite so burdensome as we all continue to adjust to very different schedules.