The art of unwinding, calming our minds and recharging our bodies is critical to our well-being. Join Radio 4’s voice of psychology Claudia Hammond as she reveals the new science of rest.
Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we’re busy – and drive ourselves to exhaustion in pursuit of that pernicious goal. For our own good, we need to end the cult of busyness and learn to embrace the art of high-quality rest.
Claudia Hammond is here to show us how. As Radio 4’s voice of psychology and mental health, she used her unique experience in the worlds of psychology and broadcasting to collaborate with Durham University scientists and the Wellcome Trust on the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken.
Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Claudia will explain why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a prescription for a new, more restful and balanced life.
Praise for Claudia Hammond:
‘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
‘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
‘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