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The average American only feels relaxed for 40 minutes per day. Yet, according to a recent survey of 2,000 individuals on self-care practices, although respondents on average report feeling relaxed for far less the one hour, 47% report feeling even less so.

More than 50% of respondents have a self-care goal

Self-care is a goal for more than 50% of the respondents, and 72% indicate they have become more interested in their self-care practices in the past two years. In actuality, respondents invest more than 200 hours in self-care annually. In addition, 15% of respondents spend over an hour each day on self-care, compared to the average participant’s daily self-care time of 38 minutes.

The survey reveals that everyone has a different definition of self-care, irrespective of how many hours participants spend engaging in self-care practices. According to the survey, participants’ top self-care practices include exercising (36 percent), playing music (35 percent), and taking walks (33 percent).

In addition, 32% enjoy taking a long shower, starting a skin care program, and then relaxing on the couch with their preferred Movie or tv show. In contrast, three out of every ten respondents say they love taking a hot bath or reading a good book. Others favor journaling (28%), listening to podcasts (27%), or meditation (28%). (23 percent).

The poll also reveals that some obstacles stand in the way of respondents’ efforts to practice self-care, including a lack of funds (52 percent) and motivation (42 percent).

Respondents have trouble finding eco-friendly products to integrate into their routine 

Additionally to these obstacles, 44% of participants said they had trouble finding eco-friendly or sustainable goods to integrate into their routines. This is important for the 24% of participants who “always” think about how their self-care practices affect the environment.

Given these obstacles, it is understandable that three in five people believe they squander more self-care resources than they want to, which might be problematic given that 70 percent of people are concerned about the current state of the environment. It’s crucial to make meaningful, beneficial benefits to the environment.