Have you ever stopped to really think about how much you time you dedicate to yourself? And no, I’m not talking about time away from your work desk or days off where you’re still pottering around doing at home. What I’m talking about is time solely dedicated to you, without any outside pressures. And as I’m sure you know, that sort of time is pretty hard to come by, especially around Christmas.
“20 hours is the accepted amount of downtime everyone of us should get in a week”
If you’re anything like me, and the 2,000 people who took part in a ‘me-time’ survey by eHarmony recently, you’re always running around trying to squeeze in as much as possible during any given time. Whether that’s staying to your boss’ tight deadlines, keeping up with a fitness regime or taking care of things around the house, they distract from the very important job of self-indulgence.
To put this into perspective, the aforementioned eHarmony study revealed that more than 3 in 5 people don’t even come close to the widely accepted amount of downtime: 20 hours a week. While 1 in 7 have absolutely no ‘me time’ at all in any given week.
The effects of this can be damaging to you and your relationships. Of those surveyed who had too little me time, 36 per cent felt more tired compared with those who had enough, while 33 per cent felt more stressed and 22 per cent felt more burnt out. Not to mention the 4 per cent of people who said this loss of me time made them feel less attractive and generally low in confidence.
It’s all very well identifying the problem, but how do you tackle it? Of course, keeping on top of your day job is important. Forty-one per cent of people in the survey revealed that their job is the main obstacle preventing them from more me time. This rises to 57 per cent for those between the age of 45 and 54.
But the problem doesn’t end when you leave the office door; 2 in 5 blame daily household chores for keeping them from their well-deserved me time, while 1 in 5 blame personal admin such as going to the bank or filling in tax returns. Rather worryingly, 18 per cent said that just thinking about work was enough to get in the way of their down time.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this, but it’s beginning to look a lot like we’re a nation of workaholics.
So how best do we find some time for ourselves where we can just relax? And what is it we would most like to do while enjoying this illustrious me time? Well, 44 per cent of those surveyed would like to read more, while 31 per cent would listen to more music and 29 per cent would use the time to catch up on sleep.
For those of you with children, it’s easy to see how finding down time might be tricky. Center Parcs however does have the perfect solution. With up to 200 activities available at each of our Villages, there is something for all of the family to enjoy and take your mind off the stresses of modern life.
If you read our post recently about the new way to holiday, you will be aware of a new trend that is developing. Why not invite your parents or in-laws along to help with the childcare? I’m sure they’d be only too happy to spend some time with their grandchildren, freeing you up for more time in our Aqua Sana Spa.
For those that live in London and the South East – who have some of the least me time of the entire country (18.88 hours a week and 18.4 hours respectively). More reason for you to try the Woburn Forest Hotel. Stylish rooms set in acres of serene woodland, all less than an hour from Central London.
So if the stresses and strains of everyday life are getting you down and you feel you need a bit of personal relaxation, perhaps consider Center Parcs for your next short break.