The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age (Hardback)Claudia Hammond (author)
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Rest, as opposed to sleep, has been surprisingly neglected when it comes to sustained and comprehensive scientific study. As collaborator on the world’s most authoritative study on rest, Hammond understands both the benefits of getting quality down-time and the secrets to how to achieve it in the first place. A truly enlightening and ground-breaking volume.
Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we're busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.
The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on - 'The Rest Test' - the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, which was completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.
Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 406 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 30 mm
'Claudia Hammond's superb book reminds us of a truth that's too often forgotten: that rest isn't just an indulgence, but an essential part of a life lived well.' - Dr Rangan Chatterjee, bestselling author of The 4 Pillar Plan
'At a time when our waking lives appear to be more frantic and distracted than ever before, switching off has never been more of a challenge. The Art of Rest equips us with fresh research and information on how to rest more, and rest better, to get the most out of life. Reading it is a rest itself.' - Matt Haig
'A soothing balm for a frazzled generation.' - Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
'The prolific and brilliant Claudia Hammond has done it again, this time with the science of how to make the most of our lives in work, rest and play.' - Kevin Fong, author of Extreme Medicine
'A thoughtful and enlightening book, perfectly mixing anecdote and evidence.' - Robin Ince
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