Top tips to maximise your downtime!
Did you know that 7th April was National No Housework Day? Hopefully it was clearly marked in your diary (and if not – make sure it is next year!) and instead of tackling the ironing you managed to put your feet up. But, according to recent online polls, 34% of people in the UK feel so tired on a daily basis that they are unable to relax in their spare time.
A recent survey by HSE discovered that 1,380 out of every 100,000 workers experience stress or associated problems caused by their work. When The Guardian published an article about ‘the exhaustion epidemic’ in modern Britain, many people surveyed said they were so tired at the end of the day that they didn’t have the energy to do anything for themselves except watch TV.
Statistics and online polls suggest we work longer hours, and have less time to ourselves, than we ever have done. So, here are six top tips to start maximising your downtime:
- Make time for exercise
Experts believe that lack of exercise is what contributes to tiredness and stress levels in many adults. A recent survey revealed that 80% of adults do not get enough exercise, which is taking a toll on our mental, as well as physical, health. Look for a class you will enjoy, cycle to work or get off the bus a stop before your usual one. Small things make a difference, so try to work exercise into your everyday life in a fun – or even functional – way.
- Don’t default to TV
It’s easy, after a long day at work or with the children, just to sit in front of the TV to relax. Remember, there are other ways to relax which may be more enjoyable. Dig out your old board games, start a new hobby at an evening class, or even start listening to an audio book as a family. Now that the evenings are lighter why not go for a walk or a bike ride after dinner, or even invest in a trampoline and have bouncing competitions. Getting active together will also mean spending more quality time with friends and family.
- Get up earlier
This won’t appeal to everyone, but for people who say they don’t have time to exercise/shop/have a hobby/learn new skills - maybe you need to make time for yourself. Most adults only need 7-8 hours sleep a night, so think about ditching the weekend lie-in to create extra time in the day to do more.
- Make them come to you
Plenty of busy people don’t have time to go to the hairdressers, and although it’s lovely to treat yourself to a massage or treatment every now and then it’s certainly difficult to find the time. Instead, check local listings for mobile hairdressers, nail technicians, massage therapists and even spray tanners. They are often cheaper, with no salon overheads, plus they will save you time by travelling to you.
- Earn in your downtime
According to an online poll, 70% of people surveyed said concerns about money was their biggest source of stress. Short of asking your boss for a pay rise, or changing careers, why not consider new ways to earn money in your spare time? Paid online surveys through Opinion Outpost are a flexible and enjoyable way to earn rewards through simply sharing your views. Local papers may also need someone to do a paper round, or you could start babysitting, writing blogs on your way to work, selling your unwanted items or even starting a small business – such as cake baking or gardening. Find something you like then work out how to market yourself in your spare time.
- Maximise your lunch hour
Recent surveys revealed that only 29% of workers regularly took lunch breaks. Remember – you’re legally entitled to take a break during a full day, so why not take advantage of the time and do something for yourself? Check out local classes, go to the gym, or why not start a walking group? You could also read, start a book club, play a sport with colleagues, or just escape the office and meet or call someone you haven’t spoken to for ages. It’s just about finding time for yourself in an already busy day.
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