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A survey conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Aroma (Be) Free by Saje Natural Wellness has found that 1 in 3 Americans haven’t had time for relaxation for more than three months. The survey of 2000 Americans looked into the self-care habits of Americans.

How Americans chose to relax themselves

The researchers found that the participants exercised self-care in various ways, such as taking a nap after a long day (37%), taking bubble baths (48%), and listening to music (54%). Most of the participants liked to set a mood before a long day.  About 47% of the respondents listened to music, while 55% chose comfortable clothing.

Some of the respondents bought candles and bath bombs to help them relax. However, 27% found they couldn’t use them until two weeks later. About 65% of the respondents thought they would like to spend more time on their self-care practices though they lacked the time for it.

The respondents thought they should exercise self-care at least four days a week, but 67% found this too complicated. To find more time for their routines, some would sacrifice their favorite food (24%) while others quit social media (32%).

When asked what they would do if they had more time on their hands, 31% of the study participants said they would go on long drives, 39% would take more bubble baths, and 40% would spend more time listening to music.

Americans prioritize mental health in self-care

About 85% of the respondents thought that looking after their mental health was an essential part of self-care. Another 76% thought employers should give mental health days to workers. The average respondents said they had taken three mental health days off this year.

There were many ways respondents chose to look after their mental health. These include reducing stress levels (41%), getting enough sleep (43%) and staying active (47%).

Many of the respondents used scented candles to help them relax. About 4 in 5 said the candles could influence their mood. They used various scents to achieve relaxation, such as rose (30%), vanilla (38%) and lavender (47%).

Aromatherapists and neuroscientists agree that scent is the sense with the most vital link to memory. About 32% of the respondents agreed to this.