In honor of the recent National Relaxation Day, Princess Cruises has released its fifth annual Relaxation Report breaking down the relaxation habits among U.S. travelers.
Despite that an overwhelming 99 percent of Americans agree that relaxation is essential for their overall health and well-being, on average Americans spend only an hour a day dedicated to unwinding.
The national survey also revealed other insights including that 38 percent frequently feel guilty about relaxing, and that more than one-quarter (28%) of those polled feel stressed out by the mere thought of trying to relax. That figure increases to 39 percent for parents and 41 percent among Americans under 40.
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) reported they would feel completely relaxed if they were entirely "off the grid" (without any electronics or Internet access). And on an average day, 42 percent of men and women feel completely or mostly relaxed. Additionally, over half (52%) of American's say that having a smart phone makes it harder to relax.
More Americans would prefer to use sound over sight when trying to relax. Two in five Americans (40%) of Americans choose music to help decompress and, now in 2014, reading has been shelved with only 5 percent naming it the best relaxation tool.
Of those with significant others, 52 percent share they're more stressed than their partner. However, among men, 62 percent say their significant other is more stressed out.
The Princess Cruises Relaxation Report survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between August 8 and August 12, 2014, using an online omnibus survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.1 percent.