The five most relaxing activities, according to science

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Sometimes after a non-stop day, relaxing can be surprisingly difficult - but we each have our own way of winding down, whether that’s having a bath or watching a film.

So thankfully a major new study, ‘The Rest Test’, has collected loads of information about people’s attitudes towards relaxation and rest - and identified the activities that we find most restful.

Researchers at Durham University surveyed 18,000 people from around the world, the results of which were broadcast on the BBC’s radio programme The Anatomy of Rest.

Interestingly, a majority of these activities are ones you tend to you on your own, so read into that how you will.

1. Reading

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If you find that a book settles your mind before bedtime, you’re not alone.

2. Being in a natural environment

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Going for a walk in the country is good for your mental as well as physical health.

3. Being on your own

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Even if you fancy yourself an extrovert, some time to yourself is no bad thing.

4. Listening to music

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It doesn’t have to be classical music, either; whatever you enjoy.

5. Doing nothing in particular

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Instead of feeling pressured to do something all the time, putting time aside to do nothing can provide the opportunity to think and reflect.

We definitely want to run away to a forest, listen to some music and read a book now.

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