A recent survey has revealed that three quarters (75%) of Brits wish they could take more time off work to go on holiday. With the statutory number of holidays being 28 days – including bank holidays – workers are hoping for more time off to relax and have a break from their every-day lives.
The study which was conducted by Danish ferry company DFDS investigated the effect that work and everyday stresses can have on the British publics’ mental state and how to improve this. The study found that over three quarters (76%) of females and 73 per cent of males all wished they could take time off work to have a break and experience the world.
25-34-year olds were the most likely to wish for more time off with nine in ten (90%) stating they wish for more time off work.
When asked what their motivations for booking a holiday was 42 per cent of the UK cited work and life stresses as their main motivation.
Females were the most likely to book a holiday due to work and life stresses with almost half (43%) when related to 14 per cent of males.
The age group who are motivated by everyday stresses to book are holiday the most are the 16-24-year old with over half (54%) stating this as their reason to book a holiday. However, 55+ year olds were the least likely to book a holiday due to work related stress with less than one in ten (7%) booking for this reason.
The survey also discovered that three quarters (74%) of Brits experience stress on a day-to-day basis. Almost four in five (77%) of females experienced day-to-day stress making them the most likely to experience work and life stress when related to 71 per cent of males.
With 25-34-year olds wishing they could take more time off work, they were also the age group that experienced stresses of work and life the most with 86 per cent stating this.
25-34-year olds were additionally the most likely to book a holiday to benefit their wellbeing with over two thirds (70), followed by 63 per cent of 16-24-year olds.
Over half of females (51%) have booked a holiday for this reason, closely followed by 50 per cent of males.
Belfast was the most likely city in the UK to book a holiday for their wellbeing with 64 per cent of residents citing this reason.
Due to work and life stress and wellbeing being the main motivations for booking holidays, holiday makers hope to come back home with their stress relieved. The study revealed that 79 per cent of Brits returned from holiday feeling significantly less stressed.
Females felt the benefit of a holiday on their mental health the most with over four in five (82%) stating their stress had disappeared after their holiday, compared to 74 per cent of males.
25-34 and 35-44-year olds had the biggest stress release on holiday with 86 per cent and 82 per cent returning less stressed respectively. 55+ year olds were the least likely to feel less stressed after their holiday 70 per cent returning less stressed.
Even though females are the ones who feel the benefit of a holiday on their wellbeing the most, they are also the least likely to book a holiday with a third (30%) not booking a holiday in the previous 12 months, and a further 30 per cent only booking one holiday – compared to only a quarter (27%) of males who hadn’t book a holiday with a year.
Despite being the age group who wishes for more time off the most, 25-34-year olds book the most holidays with an average of two holidays a year and only 20 per cent not booking a holiday in the previous 12 months.
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.”
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.”
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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