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I’ve really enjoyed reading this fascinating new book called Rest, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. I was intrigued to learn ‘why you get more done when you work less’. He points out that rest is not the opposite or a competitor to work, but are equal partners. Deliberate rest plays a central role in stimulating our creativity and is the springboard for new ideas. Have a look at his deliberate rest blog.

He talks about the importance of learning to rest deliberately, providing scientific evidence and illustrative examples for the value of:

  • Creating opportunities for essential ‘mind-wandering’ - apparently it's the secret of creativity.
  • Afternoon naps to recharge our mental batteries - even 20 minutes rest can recharge our mental batteries and improve memory.
  • Seven hours sleep - clears out brain toxins, enables cell repair and growth, strengthens our immune systems and processes events of the day consolidating memory.
  • Consistent walks – insight often comes when walking. It clears the mind without abandoning a problem.
  • Frequent exercise – can increase brain power, boost intelligence and provide stamina. It strengths our cardiovascular system enabling more blood to be pumped to our brain.
  • Regular holidays - studies show apparently that annual holidays reduce heart attacks.

It seems that like breathing, we can all rest naturally, but to perform at our peak, we can all learn to do it better. It turns out that we have to work at taking deliberate rest.

What do you do to rest and recover? How do you detach from your work? 

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