With all the things we have to do, getting just a second of peace away from our thoughts can be a struggle. But the mental down time has measurable benefits. From a walk in the woods to a few minutes of sleep in the middle of the day there are many ways to shut down your brain and let it recharge. In this article from ScientificAmerican they discuss in detail the importance of relieving the mental fatigue of your daily life. By taking more time to let your brain quiet and process the information its accumulated, not only will you feel more rested and alert, but it may lead to more creativity and productivity as well. And if you ever need a break, just remember to stop and have a laugh by reading more comics.