We all think we know how to switch off – so why are we still not getting enough rest?

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Researchers have found playing natural sounds increases the resting activity of the brain. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
Researchers have found playing natural sounds increases the resting activity of the brain. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

Ever get back from a much-needed holiday feeling more tired than you did before you left? Let’s face it, the brain’s constant whirring can be tricky to suppress and setting up an out-of-office doesn’t stop you thinking about emails or your to-do list. 

Real calm is hard to find – and it is taking its toll. A recent survey found that 60% of people in the UK are finding it harder to stay positive each day than before the pandemic. 

While working from home has its benefits, it has also blurred the boundaries between leisure and work, meaning even when we think we’re relaxing we’re struggling to properly switch off. So it’s more important than ever to take a proper break.

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