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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 groundbreaking 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 10 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 road map for a new, more restful and balanced life.

©2019 Claudia Hammond (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Loved this audiobook

I was so attracted by the book title, listened to the sample audiobook and decided I would actually purchase both the audiobook & the hardcover book. It’s been an amazing experience listening/ reading this book. The personal touch by Claudia made me feel like listening/reading this book particularly restful (just as she said in the book!), that it wasn’t pure reporting research or test results. As I went through each chapter, I kept reflecting on how I feel about resting, what does rest mean to me, and how do I rest. There are so many people out there I’d love to recommend this book to. Thanks Claudia for bringing this book to life, I have truly enjoyed it and definitely have learned something new about rest :)!

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excellent

As a Somatic Educator, I really enjoyed learning more about why active rest is important and listen to a few tips and discussions of studies (there are a lot of studies mentioned!). This book is not waxing on about how great restful activities are, but really discusses different aspects of and the historical perspectives on it. Highly recommended if you want to know why reading, gardening, running or watching tv, etc is actually restful.

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Was ok but too personal more me

Really looking forward to this. But it kind of annoyed me how much the author talks about herself and what she thinks. Some people might like the person touch but all I kept thinking through the book was “I don’t care if you like doing this” or “I don’t care what your family member does”.

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science behind the opinions

The author backed her opinions up with a number of studies and emphasised the need for balance.