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Americans Not Getting Enough Relaxation Time

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 am, Sat Aug 16, 2014.

(StatePoint)  Nearly all Americans understand that relaxation time is essential to good health, yet most of us don’t spend nearly enough time unwinding during a typical day or week.

While our society acknowledges that kicking back is indispensable, we don’t seem to be practicing what we preach. Indeed, 99 percent of Americans think relaxation is important, yet they actually spend less than 5 percent of their day relaxing, according a new independent research study commissioned by Princess Cruises.

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And with National Relaxation Month occurring this August, now is a great time to educate yourself on the subject and put aside time to loosen up.

Nearly half of Americans report they’re more stressed than their significant other, with a whopping 82 percent of men indicating that their partner is the stressed out one.

Music topped the list of relaxation techniques for those surveyed, with 48 percent reporting music helps them take it easy. Interestingly, only 18 percent find exercise is a good relaxation tool.

The most surprising findings were that relaxation causes 62 percent of parents to feel guilty and that nearly one third of Americans surveyed reported being stressed out simply by the thought of relaxing!

So this National Relaxation Month, try to beat those odds and make time for yourself to unwind.

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