Which activity do you find most restful?

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Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate what rest means to different people, how they like to rest and whether there is a link between rest and well-being. The results are now in and the analysis has begun.

18,000 people completed the world’s biggest survey on rest – The Rest Test. It was devised by Hubbub, a group of researchers at Wellcome, which included Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond.

People were asked to choose which three activities they found most restful and these came out top.

If you had to choose just one activity from the list, which you find most restful which one would it be?

Which activity do you find most restful?

Reading
0%
Being in a natural environment
0%
Spending time alone
0%
Listening to music
0%
Walking
0%
Having a bath
0%
Daydreaming
0%
Watching TV
0%
Meditating or practising mindfulness
0%
Doing creative arts
0%
Gardening
0%
Being with animals
0%
Seeing friends or family
0%
Drinking tea or coffee
0%
Doing nothing in particular
0%
Based on 660 public votes.

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Bluekat
25th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I am not very mobile, spending a lot of the day in my recliner, No, I don't call that rest, as I look forward to bedtime when I can totally relax in my bed. Even then pain sometimes keeps me awake until the small hours. I have the radio ,on World service or music quietly, or read. If I get four hours on the trot that is marvellous. Of course I have forty or fifty winks after lunch!
jobubblejack
25th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No always sleep deprived
stevedore
25th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I am disabled and I try to walk with my dog as much as possible but after a walk the best thing is a coffee and a good read
Silverflossie
11th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I work nightshift and three days a week watch grandchildren from 3pm to 5.30pm those days I only get 5 hours sleep. Some days I am tired all the time.
Jakmanor
11th Nov 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Disabled and chronic pain so resting is a given...
PamelaJane
11th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Recently stopped working, been treated for what my cancer which is clear thank goodness, lost my husband to cancer just a few years ago so I am on my own, rest is important but Loneliness can creep in.
cmi
7th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Being around my dogs and looking after my 3 pigmy goats called Mr Grimsdale, Nellie his wife and and Pipkin their daughter (All named from the film The Early Bird starring Norman Wisdom) and my my chickens geese and pig called Bruno! They all are always happy to see me!
Goodeone
5th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Being in natrual surroundings playing with my dog
Listening to classical music
Agnes Whyler
4th Nov 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Try to get enough rest as I have had breast cancer for a second time, finished treatment and I am fine. But really just want to get back to all the things I like doing. I try to remember my limitations but just want to enjoy life which is why I retired.
Kathy King
1st Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I do get enough rest. I am a lazy, laidback person by nature and don't find it difficult divide my time by rest and activity to suit me.
quilp666
1st Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
While I enjoy reading, listening to music etc. I am happier walking or pottering around in the garden - I see too many people for whom resting has turned into rusting.
LittleMinx
30th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Tai Chi in a quiet place in the woods, or at home.
Meditating with Anna Scarlett CD of Buddhist chants, on a big sofa with masses of cushions cradling me.
Usually drop off
Silverflossie
11th Nov 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
aliwil
30th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Gardening on a fine, sunny day does it for me - I watch with concern my increasing joint stiffness and lethargy!
Rozjoy57
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Redbird
28th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Rest? What is that? Can I have some please?
Don't get any, or very little. I work harder now than I did before I 'retired'. I have 4 dogs, (accumulated) and being a sucker for punishment I take in other peoples when they go on holiday!
Also I am a carer for my husband who has cancer. Sooo, all my hobbies are on the back burner, too tired for my hour of reading at bedtime now, asleep soon as my head reaches the pillow!!
But hey! I'm alive, and life is beautiful! AND, we live in the garden of Eden, how lucky are we?
Rhapsodyinblue
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I struggled between reading and being in a natural environment because I love to combine the two. So it's good to see they are the top two! I live on a narrow boat in Derbyshire and have a place in Cornwall so I'm really spoiled for being close to nature.
chabook
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
fishing is my rest you can not bet it slow down and let the world go by
tobycat
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Since retirement I attended adult education for painting, it was the best thing i have done as I find it so relaxing and I switch off from everyday problems.
cheshiredolphin
28th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
If you are having restless nights with visits to the loo and feeling tired during the day, have yourself checked out for sleep apnoea?
I did and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea (stopping breathing, in my case 46 times per hour!) I had no idea.
Issued with CPAP machine by hospital to aid breathing whilst asleep. Has transformed my life!
Now sleep 6- 8 hours without even moving apparently, have stopped snoring and don't feel tired during the day.
When talking with friends nobody had any idea what sleep apnoea was and the strain it can put on your heart.
I hope this post will help somebody.
IanA
28th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Hi, I also suffer from severe sleep apnoea, same as you was tired in the daytime and was constantly nagged by my wife because of my snoring. I use CPAP and have done so since about 2007.
Like you CPAP has transformed my life and my wife is pleased that I now do not snore. I use the CPAP every night I take it and use it in hotels on cruise ships its dual voltage so no problems in the US.
Well worth talking to your doctor if you think you have a problem.
Perhaps Silversurfers should do an article on this!!!
Coffee pot
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I have owned a puppy since February, and she is delightful to have around. We walk along the beach and at the moment these October mornings it is the nicest place to be, she runs free and looks so happy saying hello to everyone, it make folks smile as she playfully darts about. I have a new lease of life and it gets me out every day I hope I am still enthusiastic when the cold weather bites and the wind blows...
lil ole woman
26th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Each morning to simple walk with my pup at a local trail, park. To breathe the crisp morning air as autumn fill the view with colorful changes of leaves, feeling the cool touch of changing season. Mother earth is truly beautiful, watching the various animals scurrying in gathering food for approaching winter. Beautiful time of the year!
KatieK
24th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No, I think if anything I have made myself busier since medical retirement in 2009. I think i am probably compensating for my lost career, a decade at least too early. However, on the plus side, I can spend more time on relaxing activities which are beneficial to my health. I just need to find a balance!
Iancw12
23rd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Walking in the countryside with my dog.
Theoldgirl
23rd Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I do a lot if knitting and reading, that calms me down. Also love to get out in the garden
my
23rd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I love watching my pets and interacting with them. they do funny things all day and keep me amused.
and no I have problems sleeping lately
rockape
22nd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Love going fishing by my self, I can watch the area around me, watch nature and forget all my troubles
chabook
28th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
fishing does it for me also what a way to spend a day
Australia
21st Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Love turning off the TV and colouring, anything from animals, street views or intricate pictures.
Doreen Cairns
20th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
No. I find it difficult to "switch off". Love gardening and attending Horticulure Course at my local college.
suzij64
20th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
To be honest, any or rather all of the above activities would be fine if it means I can switch off from the things that cause my stress and anxiety to kick off. Trouble is you can't select them all in a vote ha ha
mikzun
17th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Doing all the things that are "bad for me", wicked i love it.
Wendy16
16th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
It has to be gardening and photography. Love a good read before bed, normally switches me off.
JeannieMac
15th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Although semi retired, I still feel guilty reading during the day, as my husband is always busy with some task or other. I always take reading material with me to appointments, so as not to waste a minute's reading opportunity.
Ariadne
15th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Standing on a beach ,at the edge of the sea ,being blown by the
wind,gentle breeze ,or stronger,, just removes stress, totally,
Thymeheals
17th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Have to agree with this, especially when you gaze at the horizon and imagine infinity.
bertieostrich
14th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
i'm at my most relaxed on holiday. Sun, Sunbed, sea or swimming pool, book to read and a nice cold beverage and topped off with a nice evening meal..........that's when i'm happiest.
EmeraldCity
14th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I actually find knitting slightly more relaxing than reading; for me it usually leads to a good night's sleep.
Unclec
14th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Being retired gives me more time for my hobbies, which are dancing and photography
Arewen
14th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Being retired I can rest all day.
Nanaauds
11th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I enjoy reading ,crosswords and knitting
Autumn leaves
8th Oct 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I like pottering around outside planting pots and troughs. At the moment pansies and primroses are replacing summer bedding plants. I love flowers. I relax with my cat curled up beside me on the settee with the log burner lit. I read or-watch television. Simple things please me. Being quiet and alone sometimes!
mother4
7th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I enjoy most things in life especially singing and dancing. If I am at home I like to relax in front of the tv watching certain programs that I like. Occasionally I knit or crochet and sometimes play one or two games on my phone after checking messages and Facebook . But I also enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family.
Theoldgirl
4th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No I wake 2 3 times a night. They say as you get older you don't need that much sleep, so I wonder why I still feel tired when I get up in the morning.
my
23rd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
join the club, so tiring.
Theoldgirl
15th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Hi Ariadne, I think the reason I am waking up, is because of the hot flushes I am having. Seem to doing ok at the moment. Thanks for your reply.
Ariadne
15th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
You still feel tired ,,Old Girl.. because you are not getting enough
sleep, have you had a word with your G.P Some can put you in touch with relaxation classes that may help
grannyhubbard
3rd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No. I wake 4/5 times every night, for no reason, I wake up tired every morning.
ginntonic
2nd Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I don't think I used to have enough rest, I always felt I was wasting the day if I was not always busy. Now after I had a bit of a heart scare, I take care of me, doing things to help me rest and relax. I love pottering around my garden, walking along the beach (luckily for me I live just a street away from a lovely quiet beach), sometimes just sitting quietly doing nothing for 10 minutes helps recharge my batteries.
I did a course on relaxing techniques. This includes aromatherapy and meditation. I still do some of this when I really feel stressed or cant switch off.
Janeheaney
2nd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I've just started a course of reflexology which I am finding very beneficial. Other than that I love reading and spending time alone, especially on our allotment.
Di53
1st Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I enjoy crocheting and knitting, gardening and messing about on facebook. All relaxing.
JoyInSutton
1st Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I find it difficult to sleep and am currently learning to meditate - it's tough but I am slowly seeing some improvements.
Lionel
1st Oct 2016
6
Thanks for voting!
This will get me the red thumbs down!

I prefer prayer and contemplation of the Eternal, a solitary pursuit.

To leave behind, even if only briefly, the turmoils and troubles of this world, to occasionally enter into that 'peace which passeth all understanding.' A peace which carries over into daily life.
Iris2u
26th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
Its gardening and oil painting for me, certain tv programmes, Sequence dancing and reading books or Kindle on the Ipad2 and music I can sing to. I also commented on this subject further down your page. Just joined so finding my way around --oops
happystar
21st Oct 2016
-1
Thanks for voting!
Sorry, but that sounds delusional to me, but, I am a non-theist.
KEITH_WL
23rd Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
You've just had a thumbs up from me, Lionel.

Keith
Lionel
21st Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Fair do's, Happystar, each to his/her own. If I am delusional, as you say, well, I'm content in my delusion, knowing I've shared space and time with an eternal reality, and do so quite often, including today.
EmeraldCity
14th Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
No red thumbs down from me Lionel though I must confess that I spend more time on my knitting and reading than on prayer.
Lionel
14th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I thank you. It's good to meet you too! May I suggest, prayer is not often about kneeling and being devout, but rather giving our God space to talk to us. Just being still.

My dear old mum used to knit a lot, as did my grand mother. Quiet people. but very deep. They had a quiet understanding.

No prayer is not always about being devout and solemn; it's about being quiet and still, contemplative.
Picture Frames
14th Oct 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
This gets a thumbs up from me.
Lionel
14th Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
Thankyou. Nice to meet you
JoyInSutton
1st Oct 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
I am not a believer in God but I do believe in quiet contemplation, if it helps you to relax it can only be a good thing.
Heather17
1st Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
ronniecoolbox
1st Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I make time for rest
scarlet woman
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I love to chill out, where doesn't really matter. It could be in my garden. Down by the river, in the park, meditating, listening to music or just lying back watching the world go by.
bournville lad
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
love our garden always out there "messing about" plenty to do we also have a fish pond which also gives us great pleasure often when the weather is good we take our meals out there just sorry that winter is not far away we wont be out there
Irene88
30th Sep 2016
-1
Thanks for voting!
I love my garden and couldn't live with out it also when to cold to garden nothing better than cuddling up with a good book - usually crime thrillers. Also, now we have her, walking my rescue dog Maisie.
my
23rd Oct 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I have a pure white Chihuahua mix who is deaf, he is such a dream.
Frank
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
Just being up the back as we call it and watching, listening, seeing and hearing all the wildlife and buzz from the town while sitting relaxing with a cup of tea. What more could one ask for. Well maybe some more sunshine because this has been a very cold wet year where we stay but life goes on a pace.
bea747
30th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I love walking with my dog, watching him enjoy being outdoors just being free makes my spirits soar. Even on a wet day it's enjoyable and then even better when we get home and I have a nice cup of tea.
Pussk2
29th Sep 2016
1
Thanks for voting!
I find reading, listening to music, walking, day dreaming, being with animals, being in a natural environment and drinking coffee all relaxing. How can I choose the most restful????
Pam1960
28th Sep 2016
2
Thanks for voting!
A good book is my idea of heaven. The only problem is that on occasion I have become so engrossed I have had to resort to a takeaway night
Baxi
28th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
Sitting down with a book transports me away from all my daily trials and tribulations.
Jo Kingham
28th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
A few hours in front of the TV at night, with a blanket on my knee and a nice cuppa!
MrsPat
28th Sep 2016
3
Thanks for voting!
I love reading especially a good book although I do read the paper daily as well. My idea of heaven is an hour of my own time with a great book with a lovely cup of tea!

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