Over half of Brits have booked a holiday to improve their wellbeing due to stress

Recent research has revealed that over half (51%) of the UK have booked a holiday to benefit their wellbeing, and the everyday stresses of life and work has also forced over a third (37%) of Brits to book a holiday.

The study conducted by DFDS investigated if going on holiday can improve general wellness. The data revealed that over a quarter (28%) of Brits had not booked a holiday within the last 12 months.

A third (33%) of 16-24 year olds have booked a holiday to improve their wellbeing. Three quarters of the UK, and 90 per cent of 25-34 year olds, stated that they wish they could take more time off work to go on holiday.

The travel generation

25-34 year olds carry the most stress and are likeliest group to book a holiday for the benefit of their wellbeing (70%), along with 63 per cent of 16-24 year olds.

Over 55 year olds are the least likely to book a holiday due to factors in their work and home life, with less than one in 10 (7%) stating this as a reason to book.

Almost half (48%) of the UK agreed that spending time with friends and family was one of their main motivations for booking a holiday. Over three quarters of the UK (78%) stated that their wellbeing had improved when they returned from their holiday.

Ruth Nightingale, a Gestalt Psychotherapist commentated on the findings of the study, “The anticipation of having a break and creating some distance from daily demands can alleviate stress.

“In our society, between the ages of 16 and 34 are the times when we are holding the most expectations of ourselves and others. As we grow older our needs and activities change and we are more able to stand back from the pressure that the younger adults feel.”

Brits in need of a break

The research also discovered that women are more likely to book a holiday due to their wellbeing with over a quarter (28%) stating this as one of their main motivations, compared to 22 per cent of men. Men are more likely to be motivated by work pressures, as 19 per cent state this as one of the main factors for booking a holiday.

Women were also found to wish for more time off work to go on holiday (76 per cent) and feel the benefit of a holiday the most, with over four fifths (83%) stating their holiday put them in a more positive mindset, compared to three quarters of men (75%).

Nightingale explained why holidays can increase wellbeing, “We are simply removing ourselves from the daily demands of work and/or routine. Most of us have rules or introjects that we live by, often identified by ‘I should…’, or ‘I shouldn’t…’, or ‘I ought to…’, that can be relaxed when we are away from our work, social and familial responsibilities. We have permission to do something different.”

Residents of Norwich were the least likely to book a holiday, with 39 per cent not booking a trip away for over a year. However, Sheffield is the most likely city to book a holiday with one in ten (10%) booking four holidays a year, and 5 per cent booking at least six within the last 12 months.

Residents in Belfast are the most likely to book for their wellbeing with two thirds (65%) booking for this reason.

Relaxing on holiday

Beach holidays have been rated the best for relieving stress with 40 per cent of the UK stating this as their choice for relaxing. Women (45%) are more likely to find beach holidays better for improving wellbeing than men (35%).

Over 40 per cent of Brits agree that seven to ten days is the ideal length for the perfect holiday and August has been revealed as the best month of year to go abroad with 15 per cent stating this as their preferred time.

Nightingale shares her guidance on how to relax on holiday, “Take some time to just be – spend five or ten minutes each day to really get in touch with your physical being – shift your attention to your body as you make contact with you environment – the chair, water, air, floor, people – notice your breathing”.

Caroline Purvey, the founder of self-help and wellbeing company TRE UK, explained her method for relaxing on holiday, “Enjoy the outdoors, walking, enjoying the sights and fresh air. Relax and sleep to allow the body to rest and recharge. Read positive or motivational books or stories that have a happiness factor. Enjoy each moment. Switch off the phones and the laptops, leave your out of office messages. Take a complete break”.

To find out more about the research, as well as tips and advice for a wellbeing improving holiday click here.

Click here for more information on National Stress Awareness Day.

Top 5 cities most likely to book holidays to benefit their wellbeing:

  • Belfast – 65 per cent
  • Cardiff – 64 per cent
  • Leeds – 57 per cent
  • Southampton – 55 per cent
  • Bristol – 55 per cent

Author: Editorial Team

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