Did you know that reading reduces stress?
According to a study conducted by the University of Sussex in 2009, reading for only six minutes can be enough to reduce your stress levels by up to 68%!
Reading Reduces Stress - How?
Why is this so? The answer lies in the fact that when you become totally absorbed in a book, you leave behind the stress of daily life and enter a world of imagination.
If you’ve ever been captivated by a book, you’ll know this to be true.
Reading enables you to take a break from the ‘real’ world and escape into a different realm. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading non-fiction or fiction. What matters is that the book captures your attention and draws you in.
When you think about it, reading allows you to take a mini holiday without the expensive of leaving home (e.g., airline tickets, accommodation, etc.).
Also, reading reduces your heart rate and helps ease muscle tension.
So there’s no need to feel guilty about taking time out of your busy day to read. It’s a necessary tool in maintaining your emotional and physiological well-being.
When was the last time you took a mini-reading-holiday and reduced your stress by devouring a really good book?
Ps: I had to laugh after writing this post and creating the image to go with it. I'd taken this photo of my son reading a while back and figured it would be a good one to use for this post. It wasn't until I'd finished that I read the words on the book that my son had been reading at the time. You can just see them in the photo. I suppose in this case, the reduced stress levels might apply to when he'd finished reading the book and getting "out" of the world where people are being chased by raging creatures wanting to crush bodies to a pulp! Hmmmm .... suppose this brings up another topic of vetting what children read?
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