Despite that an overwhelming 99% of Americans agree that relaxation is essential for their overall health and well-being, on average Americans spend only an hour a day dedicated to unwinding. In honor of National Relaxation Day, Princess Cruises encouraged all Americans to observe the day with dedicated time spent relaxing. If you were unable to do it on the 15th of this month, which was after all a weekday, try to take a day this coming weekend to relax and recharge. Sunday is a good choice as it is traditionally a day of rest and you’ll have the rest of this week to look forward to it. Then repeat it as often as possible in the coming weeks.
The national survey also revealed other insights including that 38% frequently feel guilty about relaxing, and that more than one-quarter (28%) of those polled feel stressed out by the mere thought of trying to relax. That figure increases to 39% for parents and 41% among Americans under 40.
“It’s not surprising that almost all Americans see relaxation as key to improving their health, however, our survey found that the demands of our daily lives have made only 60 minutes attainable,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “In honor of National Relaxation Day, we’re asking Americans to make a concerted effort to take a break today to relax and decompress, which we all know is good for both our mind and body.” She added that for those who looking for the ultimate chance to unwind, Princess Cruises offers an array of options for any traveler looking for a relaxing vacation escape.
Princess Cruises, which helps more than 1.7 million travelers each year “come back new” aboard its worldwide fleet of ships, commissioned the annual report to uncover consumer attitudes towards vacation and relaxation habits.
Relax, Just Do It
An overwhelming 85% of those surveyed say sex is better when they’re relaxed and can just go with it. Interestingly enough, 16% report that sex is better when they’re stressed. For those looking for a relaxing couple’s getaway (wink, wink), consider a cruise vacation.
Going Off the Grid in 3, 2, 1
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) reported they would feel completely relaxed if they were entirely “off the grid” (without any electronics or Internet access). And on an average day, 42% of men and women feel completely or mostly relaxed. Additionally, over half (52%) of Americans say that having a smart phone makes it harder to relax. I can personally attest to that!
Let the Music Soothe You
More Americans would prefer to use sound over sight when trying to relax. Two in five Americans (40%) of Americans choose music to help decompress and, now in 2014, reading has been shelved with only 5% naming it the best relaxation tool.
Who has it Harder?
Of those with significant others, 52% share they’re more stressed than their partner. However, among men, 62% say their significant other is more stressed out.
The Princess Cruises Relaxation Report survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between August 8th and August 12th, 2014, using an online omnibus survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.1 percent.
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