More than a fifth of people said they only have one hour outside a day, and nearly three-quarters said it negatively affects their mood, according to the survey.
A study has shown that the average British person does not see daylight for two and a half days a week during the winter months.
A poll of 5,000 adults in the UK shows the worst weather (46%), working long hours (38%) and working from home (28%) were the top reasons to stay indoors as of last November.
A quarter said they didn’t have time for a brisk walk during the day, while 19% said their entire day was always too busy to take a break.
More than a fifth (22%) admit to spending just one hour outside a day, with 69% claiming their mood has been negatively affected.
In addition, most individuals identified “less getting up and walking” during the dark months (59%) and felt more tired and exhausted (57%), with a third (32%) feeling see they gain less.
More than a third (37%) said low motivation prevented them from taking care of themselves, while 28% felt their mood affected self-care and a quarter blamed a lack of time. time for not being more active.
AXA Health, which commissioned the study, has partnered with popular broadcaster Jo Whiley to show the nation how short bursts of activity can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. our.
Jo Whiley said: “It seems to a lot of people, when the sky is brighter and the days are longer, it puts us in a better mood.
“It’s important to stay healthy and mentally fit, even when you’re not feeling well, and a few short minutes doing something positive or getting outside can really help.
“A few stars dancing while the kettle boils or performing your favorite ballad while hovering can do wonders for your physical and mental health.”
Research shows that more than half (59%) fear as the dark months approach – but 61% have increased energy when the winter sun comes out.
Going for a walk (49%), talking or seeing friends (35%), and getting some quick exercise (22%), are the top ways adults take care of their health and well-being during the dark months. dark.
And with lighter times ahead, many adults have taken steps to help them feel comfortable – including going to bed early, working only the hours they are paid, and exercising. short sex.
Taking a break from the desk and buying an SAD lamp is also on this list.
Encouraging the nation to become more active, AXA Health is installing three larger-than-life table lamps equipped with SAD bulbs in London, Manchester and Glasgow, to help alleviate winter boredom and provide a a little sunshine for passersby.
AXA Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr Annabel Bentley, said: “Shorter days can leave you feeling exhausted, especially if you see very little daylight.
“However, every day we all get a few minutes of daylight, and with the clocks set for March, there are a lot of small changes we can make to take advantage of the rise of daylight and help us feel comfortable.
“Going out for 10 minutes while on the phone, cooking a new dish, or even staying indoors with the windows open, can help improve your mood without you even realizing it.”
As spring and summer approaches, two-thirds (67%) say they will make the most of it by getting outside more, with 59% planning to walk more and 43% planning to visit more more places.
On top of that, 71% of those polled, via OnePoll, agree that short activities like a 5-minute walk or meditation can make them feel better.
A sunny day (56%), a good night’s sleep (51%), and learning a new hobby (15%).
AXA Health’s giant SAD lights will be available at King’s Cross in London (February 24-25), Spinningfields Square in Manchester (February 27-28) and Fort Shopping Center in Glasgow (3-4 months). 3).
Top things to keep Brits feeling good
- A sunny day (more daylight)
- Finish the job
- Have a good night
- Meet family and friends
- Your favorite music
- Take a quick walk outside
- Cooking / baking
- A good working day
- Wake up early
- An exercise at home
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/brits-dont-see-daylight-winter-26327951 The average Brit doesn't see daylight for two and a half days a week during winter