The Crucial Scientific Reason to Rest Your Brain Each Day

Tony Crabbe, psychologist and author of the book Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much, says we are the first generation of people always to be switched on, and this can take a toll on the brain and make us less productive. In fact, he says, science shows that our brain needs downtime in order to recover and function optimally.

On a deeper level, Tony believes, we need to take a mental break to gain insight and perspective. "Without time alone with our brain, we don't form meaning," he says. "We end up becoming sound boxes for other people's opinion as opposed to really having the insights that we need to become more personally complex, to become more differentiated as individuals."

Here, Tony makes the compelling case for why you need to take a break.