Being overly busy with a long ´to do´ list is common for most of us these days. The urge to be busy defines our modern living and rest seems to come secondary to work for most people. It´s something we try and find time for in between running around getting things done.
In his new book, ‘Rest’, author Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognising the importance of rest. ‘Working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better´, says Alex. We know that real rest can help us to reset and recharge and create space for new ideas and creativity to flourish and blossom. So how do we find rest?
My favourite way to rest is looking out on some beautiful scenery. I live in a forest in Ibiza, so its easy to find some green nature around. I find that daily meditation practice is so important for me to help get rest in a busy life as a working mum. When I walk, I find the ideas flow and I feel more creative. Finding time to walk every day isn´t easy but it is worth it.
A recent study called The Rest Test, carried out by Hubbub in conjunction with BBC Radio 4, looked at what rest means to different people.
More than 18,000 in 34 countries took part and showed that 68% of the public felt they needed more rest. Clear results showed that the most restful activities were those done alone. The top ten restful activities were found to be:
- Being in nature
- Being on your own
- Listening to music
- Doing nothing in particular
- Having a bath or shower
- Watching TV
- Meditating or practicing mindfulness
The analysis team noticed that a significant number of the top ten restful activities chosen by participants are often carried out alone.