I was listening to a report on the radio a few weeks back, which said that people in the UK find it hard to make time to have a bath. Whereas, previously people would have a bath regularly now people struggle to have a bath once a week. A reduction in people having baths may be down to environmental decisions, but the report said that it was purely down to a lack of time. People’s lives are so busy now they don’t feel they can afford the time to relax in a bath! In another report I read on the internet it said that on average one in twelve minutes of everybody’s day is spent on the internet. That’s a lot of time to be on a computer, being stimulated!
This made me look at how other habits have changes over the years, the department of transport shows that the average journey to work time has increased by 18% from 1994-2009. On average people are watching more TV than we used to. The TV licensing agency showed that in 2010 people were watching an average of three hours more telly than they were in 2001 and I’m sure that we’re watching more than we we’re back in the 1980s. In the national survey it showed that people in the UK are having sex 20% less often than they were in the year 2000. You may say it’s because we’re becoming even more prudish in the UK! But the report states it is more likely linked to the recession and generally feeling lower in mood. Every day we are being bombarded by text in different formats; on the internet, TV, adverts, newspapers and even streets signs. Are brains are computing thousands of words a day, which is a huge amount of activity!
Although there are stricter regulations on how many hours a week we work, everyone seems to be connected to work much more easily. People seem to receive emails from work, even when they are outside of work. People can receive emails to their phone so they can’t escape. There seems to be a general feeling that things can’t be put off and need to be attended to immediately.
If you look at all of these things collectively, it shows that our lives are becoming a lot busier than they used to be. The general trend is to do more things that cause stimulation and fewer things that help us switch off and relax. If we are constantly being stimulated and don’t find the time to relax our brain and nervous system will become more overactive and we are more likely to suffer from pain and health problems!
If you've recently had an episode of pain then take a look at your lifestyle, are you pushing yourself too hard? Or if you’re working long hours and you can feel that twinge in your neck coming back, it might be time to start taking things little bit more slowly and make time for bath!