[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] How to help your brain “unplug”

Difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, mental wandering… Does that sound familiar? Whether these signs appear during a day or more evidently at certain times of the week, month or year, they tell us that we are in need of a break. However, our demanding lives and the performance culture that we struggle to detach ourselves from mean that we ignore them all too often and persist as best as we can in our daily tasks, whether we are a worker or a student. And when we give ourselves those breaks or well-deserved vacations, it’s not uncommon to find it hard to let go and recharge our batteries. The thing is that it’s not a matter of deciding to take a break that makes our brain follow suit… The good news is that neuroscience has recently given us the keys to understanding better how we deplete our cognitive resources and what strategies we can use to replenish them. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your time off. The underestimated importance of rest

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