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    Brits have learned to give themselves more ‘me-time’ during the pandemic

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    Brits have learned to give themselves more ‘me-time’ during the pandemic, with watching a film and decluttering the house among the top ways to unwind.

    Research polling 2,000 adults found 72 per cent regularly manage to enjoy some alone time, with soaking in some suds, taking a nap and listening to music also popular ways to relax.

    Other solo activities include shopping online, going for a run or downloading podcasts.

    But a third of adults feel they have become better at finding time for themselves as they look to cope with the stress of the global pandemic.

    And 45 per cent feel it is more important than ever before to indulge during this downtime to make the most of it.

    It also emerged the average adult gets a blissful 43 minutes a day to themselves, with those aged 24 and under the most likely to dedicate a whole day to going solo.

    The study found that adults of all ages believe ‘me time’ should do exactly what it says on the tin and be spent alone and not with other people.

    More than half (54 per cent) use the time to purely relax, with 27 per cent usually ending their me-time feeling more positive, according to the survey carried out via OnePoll for Fox Biscuits.

    But 65 per cent feel they tend to put others’ needs before their own, which means they don’t spend time doing what they want.

    And 46 per cent, perhaps unsurprisingly, found their me-time opportunities much more valuable after having children.

    It also found those aged 25 to 34 get the least ‘me time’ alone – with just 35 minutes every day.

    While 22 per cent of adults think they need to cut down on how much they work to generate more time for themselves.

    1.       Read a book
    2.       Go for a walk
    3.       Watch a film
    4.       Listen to music
    5.       Have a cup of tea
    6.       Have a bath
    7.       Watch daytime TV
    8.       Take a nap
    9.       Gardening
    10.   Do absolutely nothing
    11.   Watch a box set
    12.   Catch up with a friend
    13.   Have a shower
    14.   Go shopping (in store or online)
    15.   Listen to the radio
    16.   Read a magazine
    17.   Go on social media
    18.   Eat some food
    19.   Complete a puzzle
    20.   Treat themselves to a biscuit
    21.   Play video games
    22.   Indulge in a hobby
    23.   Have a nice snack
    24.   Complete a crossword
    25.   Spend time with a pet
    26.   Cook
    27.   Bake
    28.   Declutter their house
    29.   Do crafts
    30.   Treat themselves to some quality food
    31.   Do some home DIY
    32.   Listen to a podcast
    33.   Go to the hairdresser or do their hair
    34.   Go for a run
    35.   Go to the gym
    36.   Declutter their wardrobe
    37.   Take themselves out to lunch
    38.   Do some yoga
    39.   Meditate
    40.   Play an instrument
    41.   Go for a swim
    42.   Have an at-home beauty treatment / pamper
    43.   Learn a new hobby
    44.   Play a sport
    45.   Go to the library
    46.   Write
    47.   Go to a museum
    48.   Unplug from all technology
    49.   Go for a massage
    50.   Paint

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    Stuart O'Brien

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