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Privacy and wellbeing

How privacy gives our wellbeing a boost

Many of us agree that privacy is important to our wellbeing, but we don’t always understand why.

Whilst we might often think of private moments as a time to sit and do nothing, we can see from our research that nearly all of us (97%) do some kind of specific activity when we have a little time to ourselves, whether that’s binging on a favourite TV show or singing in the shower.

This is because privacy isn’t the end goal – its value lies in the benefits it unlocks for us, mentally and physically. When we looked at the range of activities people tend to do, we could see that there are four ways we use privacy as a means to reach the wellbeing boost that we need.

Some involve more energy, some less, but all have a positive impact and create time and space for personal growth.

Lower Energy 

RECOVERY 

Sometimes all we need is a breather. When in recovery mode, we slow down to de-stress and take things quietly and calmly, which could mean watching TV, meditating or a 30-minute nap.

RELAXATION

Be it pampering at a salon, a yoga class after work, cooking or listening to music, relaxation is about pausing to do the things that make us feel good inside and out.

Higher Energy

FOCUS

When focused, we’re ‘in the zone’ to complete a task like a complicated DIY project, finishing a report or making an important decision with others or alone.

PLAY

When we play, we’re cutting loose and letting our inner child out. This might be dancing in front of the mirror, play-acting with children or a raucous round of karaoke with friends.