Almost half of British adults believe they have ‘little to no’ free time
According to a survey by ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, 43% of UK adults in full or part-time employment feel they have no leisure time for themselves which has caused 1 in 3 (38%) of the respondents to suffer from stress as a result and a further 11% stated their busy schedules also a negative impact on their health.
So apart from work, what tasks took up most of the time of the respondents?
Unsurprisingly, household tasks - such as cleaning, tidying and doing laundry – took up the majority (39%) of each respondent’s otherwise ‘free’ time outside of work.
Next on the list is caring for children (including bathing them, helping with homework, reading to them, changing nappies and feeding them) which 32% of time poor working parents admitted.
Doing overtime outside of working hours also ate into spare time for more than 1 in 4 (26%).
Pascal Culverhouse, founder and CEO at ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, commented: “Clearly, free time is seriously limited for many adults in 2017, and this is having some pretty negative effects - not only in terms of people’s mental health, but for some it is actually impacting on their general health, which is definitely a concern.”
“Taking time out of your day for yourself is obviously really important - but for some, it can be very difficult to find the time to do so. Those who live with housemates, partners or their families could try to share out tasks like household chores, cooking and paying utility bills or doing the food shopping, to make it equal and free up time outside of work.”
The top 5 types of activities that British adults believe they spend the most of their time on, aside from work:
1. Household chores (e.g. - 39%
2. Looking after children (including bathing them, helping with homework, reading to them, changing nappies and feeding them) - 32%
3. Doing overtime work - 26%
4. Personal / life admin - 19%
5. Cooking - 8%