Within shared that it’s the time of year when temperatures drop, pumpkins are all around, and the holidays are right around the corner. As Americans hunker down for the winter months after a busy summer, taking care of themselves becomes increasingly important.
At Within Health, they wanted to know Americans’ favorite self-care activity. They also surveyed more than 800 Americans to ask if they make time for self-care, what it looks like for them, and how much time and money they put into taking care of their mental and physical health.
The most common self-care activity across the United States is journaling. Journaling can be therapeutic because it allows us to express ourselves and process feelings by writing them down. Journaling was the top self-care activity in 35 out of 50 states.
Journaling was also the most common top self-care activity in major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Boston.
The top self-care activity in Alaska is exercise, which makes sense considering all the outdoor activities available in the mountainous state. Those in New Mexico also turn to exercise as their top form of self-care.
Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, and Maine have yoga as their top self-care activity. The same goes for Miami, Florida. Taking a relaxing bath is the top self-care activity in Delaware and West Virginia, while sleep is the most relaxing activity for those in Idaho and Georgia.
There’s nothing but good news when it comes to Americans making time for self-care. In fact, 92% of Americans make time for self-care every week and spend an average of six hours per week each engaging in self-care activities.
The most common self-care activities that Americans do are sleep, listening to music, drinking water, relaxing, and going for a walk. The other good news? 6 in 10 Americans feel like they have enough time and money for the self-care they need.
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