Claudia Hammond: 'The Art of Rest'

External Event - Jan 2020 to 26th Dec 2019

Join us for one of our 'For Learning, For Life' talks, offering the opportunity to explore and learn a fascinating subject this new year.


Sun, 26 January 2020

15:00 – 16:00 GMT



Blackwell's Bookshop

48-51 Broad Street



About this Event

Make 2020 the year of good well-being and rest, join us for a talk with Claudia Hammond, author of 'The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age' as she explores why rest is important and offers positive actions we can do to look after ourselves better, to live a balanced rested lifestyle.


Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we’re busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.

The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on – ‘The Rest Test’ – the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, which was completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.

Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

“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

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer and broadcaster and lectures in psychology at Boston University’s base in London. As the presenter of All in the Mind she is BBC Radio 4’s voice of psychology and mental health. She has been awarded the President’s Medal from the British Academy, the British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement & Media Award, Mind’s Making a Difference Award and the British Neuroscience Association’s Public Understanding of Neuroscience Award. She is the author of Emotional Rollercoaster, Mind over Money and Time Warped, winner of the British Psychological Society’s Best Popular Science Book Award and the Aeon Transmission Award.

This event is free to attend, please register your attendance in advance. Please note, this talk will be taking place in our Philosophy Department which is accessible via a small set of stairs. For all enquiries please email or call our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

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