DUBLIN, Calif., January 14, 2021 — As lives become increasingly stressful, new research from Vagaro suggests more people are turning to self-care as a form of stress relief. According to the new survey, 75% of Americans believe self-care activities can help reduce stress, with at-home spa rituals (40%), getting a manicure/pedicure (30%), exercising outdoors (28%) and working out in a gym (24%) listed as top stress-relieving activities. While self-care can mean different things to different people, respondents cited at-home spa rituals (47%), visiting a spa for wellness treatments (41%), getting a manicure/pedicure (36%) and getting a haircut (34%) as the top self-care activities that come to mind.
View full survey results in the infographic below.
The research found people plan to prioritize and make more time for self-care moving forward. In 2020, the average person only had 65 minutes per week dedicated to self-care; however 45% of respondents see themselves having more time per week for self-care in 2021. In fact, people are willing to go pretty far in order to have more self-care time: one-third of Americans would be willing to move (35%), sell a personal belonging (33%) or even give up their favorite food (30%) for more self-care time.
“There’s an inevitable correlation between stress and self-care,” said Fred Helou, CEO of Vagaro. “Many people get so caught up in day-to-day responsibilities that they don’t prioritize time to take care of themselves, however, placing importance on activities that encourage relaxation can make you better equipped physically, mentally and emotionally to face life’s daily stressors.”
Additional highlights from the survey:
Added Helou, “The benefits of self-care are immeasurable. Businesses who are ready to operate in-person appointments can follow Vagaro’s COVID-Clean protocols to ensure the safety of staff and customers. In addition, establishments can offer virtual consultations/appointments on self-care activities for those who aren’t comfortable venturing out yet.”
Vagaro offers the following tips to help make self-care part of your permanent lifestyle:
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About the Research
The online survey was created by Vagaro and conducted by OnePoll in December 2020. It includes responses from more than 2,000 Americans.
Vagaro, Inc. is the leading business management and payment processing platform, and online marketplace for the beauty, fitness, and wellness industries. Service professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia use Vagaro to manage, market and grow their business. Consumers choose Vagaro to search for and book wellness services on any device. To learn more, visit Vagaro.com and https://sales.vagaro.com.