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New book aims to help you make the most of your non-working days

Lonely Planet has published a new book, '132: Seize the Days', that aims to help stressed-out Britons make the most of their time.

"Most people are surprised when we tell them they have almost a third of the year to themselves, with a total of 132 non-work days," said Lonely Planet's Tom Hall.

A recent survey by Lonely Planet of 736 working Britons found 40% think they have as few as 27 non-work days, when the average working Briton enjoys more than a third of a year to themselves: 132 days (comprised of 52 weekends, 8 bank holidays and 20 days of statutory annual paid leave).

"In our research, we've found that many of the 29 million British employees don't take all their annual leave and others don't make the most of their time off," says Tom.

"Is it any wonder most of us feel stressed and exhausted? Most of us are too busy to think about ways to get the most out of our lives. Even something as simple as taking a lunch break has slipped off the agenda - if you took an hour for lunch every work day you'd have the equivalent of an extra 10 days for yourself. Makes you think twice about eating at your desk."

Lonely Planet's Frances Linzee Gordon said: "We know misery among Britons is at its worst in January, when many workers are suffering from the winter blues and depressed at the thought of another year of work stretching out before them.

"We're advising them to think about how to use their 132 non-work days and make the most of them, whether it be an evening class, weekend getaway or adventure of a lifetime. One in five Britons suffer from work-related stress, so use the winter blues to plan your year and make sure you make time for yourself. We know from our community of travellers that even planning a trip raises the spirits and this way you can ensure that 2007 is a year in which you make time for you, not just your boss."

Tom Hall concluded: "Lonely Planet hopes to help workers find time for themselves and new experiences to enjoy. 132: Seize the Days helps readers to assess what they're doing with their own free time, and offers ideas, tips and suggestions to help them to the most of it. Whether it be 4 minutes or 4 months, 132: Seize the Days offers inspiration to explore every moment, from unwinding, to travelling or learning a new skill."

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