But surprisingly, 41 percent admit they struggle to unwind if they go on a break which involves nothing more than sitting by the pool. As a result, fewer than half of respondents (42 percent) choose a quiet beach holiday when they want to relax, with around one in seven booking a trip designed to get their adrenaline racing instead. One in 10 has booked a skiing trip, while others have taken holidays to locations where they are able to try hang gliding, water skiing or surfing.
The study, by Heathrow Airport, also revealed one in five now turn to active outdoor pursuits to relieve stress, with half saying that playing a sport or being active is a “real release” from the pressures of everyday life.
A spokesman for Heathrow, which commissioned the research to mark the launch of a new ski route, said: “We could all do with making sure we deal with our stress – and doing something exciting can help.
“An activity or trip that takes you out of your comfort zone can help to focus the mind on the task at hand, and of course, often these more extreme activities are sports or exercise-based, which has been shown to help improve mental health.
“Ski season provides a great opportunity for an adrenaline-fuelled trip, especially now that Scandinavian Airlines has launched its route from Heathrow to the new Scandinavian Mountains Airport in Sälen.”
The study also found three quarters of Brits describe their lives as generally stressful, and 76 percent believe they’ve also got more susceptible to stress as they’ve aged.
But more than a fifth feel “completely free” when they are doing something that gets their blood pumping.
And a third say it makes them feel “alive”.
Just over 15 percent think an adrenaline spike helps them “get out of their own head” and the same amount say it makes them feel free of stress.
It also emerged 23 percent have been on a skiing holiday, and 26 percent have not, but would like to.
Three quarters of those who have been skiing say they feel they get to really unwind from the stress and strains of everyday life when they are on the ski slopes.
But while 31 percent head to the same skiing destination, an adventurous 29 percent try a different slope every time they go away, and are willing to travel for around three-and-a-half hours to experience something completely new.
When choosing where to go, location and cost is the most important factor, followed by good value, travelling time and challenging slopes, according to the survey carried out via OnePoll.