Are YOU ready to settle down? Brits want to slow down at the age of 43

Revealed: 43 is the age when Britons want to slow down and have more time for themselves – as research finds the average adult has just ONE hour a day to relax

  • Research of 2,000 people found average adult has 7 hours to themselves a week
  • More than half said they find it difficult to slow down because of household bills
  • Over half said they were bad at taking time to relax and recognise they need to 

Life over the last couple of years has felt particularly hectic for many of us and it can be difficult to take time for yourself to relax. 

And it seems that Britons are ready to embrace a slower lifestyle by their early 40s, with research revealing that the average UK adult is keen to settle down after living a ‘fast paced’ life for just under 25 years.  

Research among 2,000 people found that 43 is the ideal age to settle down in the UK, with the average adult having just seven-and-a-half precious hours to themselves every week – a little over an hour a day. 

Research from Abbot Ale among 2,000 people found that 43 is the ideal age to settle down in the UK, with the average adult having just seven-and-a-half precious hours to themselves every week. Stock image

The study revealed that more than half of UK adults find it difficult to slow down because of the pressure of paying household bills, while 15 per cent blame their daily commute.

More than one in five admit they are simply bad at making time for themselves – even though 62 per cent recognise the need to do so.

How do Brits relax? Top ten activities people in the UK enjoy 

1. Go for a walk

2. Enjoy nature

3. Read a book

4. Listen to music

5. Go for a meal

6. Do some gardening

7. Cook something nice

8. Have a beer or wine

9. Watch sport

10. Going to the pub 

Ross O’Hara, master brewer at Abbot Ale, which commissioned the survey, said: ‘We know it’s not easy to suddenly start living life slowly, but it’s important we recognise how and when to take time out to savour moments.

‘We were surprised that on average, Brits expect to slow down in their mid-40s – as that’s a busy time for many.

‘But perhaps for some, slowing down, enjoying family life and making the most of life’s pleasures may seem like a radical departure from nights in clubs in their 20s.’

Brits who have managed to slow it down say their life is an estimated 53 per cent better than it was when they were always on the go.

But more than one in three believe they have returned to a more fast-paced lifestyle since the majority of lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

And 39 per cent admit to feeling envious of those who get to savour the little things by living life at a slower pace.

TV presenter and journalist Jeff Stelling, who has joined forces with Abbot Ale to spread the slow down message, said: ‘As I get a little older, I am trying to slow down.

‘Life is still so frantic, but I want to enjoy pleasures like a dog walk, a round of golf, or especially a good pint.

‘I say cheers to those who have the option of slowing down that bit sooner than me.’  

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