Imperceptibly, a month has passed since most of us returned from vacation. We threw ourselves into work and catching up, we did overtime three days in a row. Each of us, certainly felt firsthand the importance of rest these days, even though there is no place for it in the calendar. Do we have to go on another vacation to relax? Recently, researchers at the University of Durham in the UK conducted a survey to find out what the most common leisure activities are for more than 18,000 respondents from 134 countries. The survey was conducted online. A ranking of the 5 most relaxing activities was created from the submitted responses – get to know them. 



Leaving the cinema in the middle of a movie or skipping a Tuesday yoga class has a better explanation than you think. For the majority of respondents, the most relaxing activities are those they do alone. “I suppose it’s not just the total amount of hours we rest that matters, but also whether that time is spent with others,” says Dr. Felicity Callard, lead author of the survey and social sciences at Durham University’s Department of Geography.

The 5 most relaxing activities
Do you like to spend evenings alone enjoying a book or a home spa? Not surprisingly. According to research, this is the best form of relaxation.

Solitude, nature and reading key to relaxation

At the top of the ranking, which is unlikely to surprise anyone, is reading. More than half of respondents, 58%, find indulging in reading the most relaxing. City dwellers experience most relaxation in nature -.  53% of respondents declare this way of leisure. More than half of those surveyed believe that solitude is the ideal form of relaxation. Listening to music and “doing nothing” fall into the top 5 most popular activities. So create your favorite playlist and indulge in blissful laziness.

art of laziness

Rest is extremely important for the body and mind, and yet we sometimes forget about it. We should “off” mode   turn on regularly to maximize our level of well-being and recharge our batteries. “Doing nothing” as a synonym for laziness? Never again!


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