We’re under no illusion that life is going to be straightforward and consistently fun – it’s always going to be packed with annoying necessities and bumps in the road.
Finding a balance between the two is essential though and that’s something many of us are failing to manage. – which in turn takes a huge toll on our health and wellbeing.
That’s according to new research that shows one in three people spend just 42 minutes per day doing something they enjoy – which equates to just three percent of their daily lives.
People are being urged to prioritise their mental and physical health after data showed that full-time employees in the UK work two-and-a-half weeks more than the EU average.
The average commute time has also risen to an average of 58 minutes per day, leaving us even less time to do the things we really want to do.
The figures may come as little surprise, with record numbers living in poverty in the UK, combined with things like zero-hour contracts, many feel like working long hours is a must, simply to get by.
In 2018, 74% of UK adults felt so stressed at some point they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, with a staggering 32% of adults saying they had experienced suicidal feelings as a result of stress.
Taking up a hobby is an ideal way to aid your mental and physical wellbeing, that’s something that City Lit, an adult learning college, is encouraging people to do.
The college has created this interactive quiz, which will suggest a new learning course for a person based on their personality traits. Suggestions will be made based on the ‘Big Five’ OCEAN personality traits:
● Openness: Being excited by new discoveries, experiences and adventures
● Conscientiousness: Enjoying routine, being prepared, exact and organised
● Extraversion: Being outgoing, sociable, confident and bold
● Agreeableness: Being empathetic, caring and understanding of others
● Neuroticism: Often feeling stressed, irritated and anxious
The idea is that participants are encouraged to try a new hobby, one they might otherwise have not considered. Popular courses include ‘Jewellery-Making Weekend’, ‘Chinese: Beginners Made Easy’ and ‘Piano Taster’.
Chris Jones, director of Sales and Marketing at City Lit, said: “It’s unfortunate that long hours at work and lengthy commutes are resulting in many people being unable to invest time into enjoying themselves through an enriching and rewarding hobby.
“We’re urging people to make a special effort to carve some time out for themselves because it really can do wonders for your health and wellbeing.
“Lots of people don’t take up courses because they’re not sure what they will enjoy. We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Random Course Generator, in the hope that people can find something new and interesting to get stuck into. The right hobby can really help people to unwind from the daily stresses of a long working day or lengthy commute.
“Learning isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing and there’s a huge variety in the types of things we enjoy and the way in which we learn – but most of us find great enrichment in learning something new.
“We hope our Random Course Generator will encourage people to expand their knowledge and skill set, while finding genuine enjoyment and fulfilment in experiencing something new.”