Americans only feel relaxed minutes per day

1655320009 Americans only feel relaxed minutes per day
1655320009 Americans only feel relaxed minutes per day

Chill out, America.

United States adults say they only feel relaxed approximately 40 minutes per day, on average, with 47% claiming they get even fewer minutes of peace than that, according to a new “self-care” poll.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sensodyne, asked 2,000 participants about their self-care habits and revealed that more than half of them consider it a priority and spend an average of 38 minutes per day on those efforts — although 15% were prepared to spend over an hour on themselves.

However, the ways individuals define “self-care” are vast, the poll found. In the top spot, 36% of respondents said that meant getting-in a workout; for 35%, it was listening to music; and for a downright ascetic 33%, simply flossing qualified as “me-time.”

Long showers, baths and complex skincare routines were among other top-ranked wellness routines, as well as a long sofa session with a favorite TV show or movie.

Of the more productive self-care habits, three in 10 liked to unwind with a good book, while journaling — indeed, work to some — ranked at the bottom of the pack as just 23% found it to be a relaxing activity.

There are barriers to achieving the ultimate self, according to 52% who said their tenuous finances were holding them back, while 42% simply lacked the motivation. Reassuringly, 72% agreed that the pandemic had prompted them to take more interest in personal wellness.

While investing over 200 hours per year on self care, according to the survey, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of these endeavors, said Stephanie Hernandez, a senior brand manager and spokesperson for Sensodyne, who commissioned the study.

“It’s important to make real, positive impacts on the environment, when possible — especially when it comes to products that are being used on a daily basis,” Hernandez said in a statement to South West New Service.

Most respondents, around 70%, said they are worried about the health of the planet, and 67%, reported doing their best to be environmentally conscious during self-care, such as by faucet when brushing their teeth (42%), not letting the water run while washing their dishes (39%) and purchasing recycled and recyclable products (36%).

“According to the survey, 64% of Americans said that sometimes their self-care habits make it hard to be environmentally friendly,” added Hernandez. “Making small swaps to a routine like using a recyclable tube and recyclable carton can help maintain a healthy balance of being environmentally conscious while having an effective self-care regime.”

America’s favorite self-care habits

  • Exercising: 36%
  • Listening to music: 35%
  • Going on a walk: 33%
  • Flossing/brushing teeth: 33%
  • Watching my favorite TV show/movie: 32%
  • Taking a long shower: 32%
  • Doing a skincare routine: 32%
  • Taking a bat: 30%
  • Reading: 30%
  • Meditating: 28%
  • Listening to a podcast: 27%
  • Journaling: 23%