We often assume that resting means not doing anything, when in reality, it is an active process that requires intentional work and practice. Learning how to rest well is an invaluable skill, and mastering the art of “deep work” and “deliberate rest” in our daily schedules is becoming more important than ever.

Hear from TIME about the importance of rest, why we as a society have turned away from it, and how we can take steps to improve our health and wellbeing.

“It may feel like a waste of time at first but layering periods of work and rest in your day, your week, and your year help you work more consistently, more sustainably, and to a higher level of quality.”

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