How Reading Reduces Stress? – Read for a Better Life

How Reading Reduces StressHey, my friend! How are you today? Maybe you are feeling a little bit stressed? Are you? I hope you aren’t, but if you do, I will show you a great and interesting way to reduce stress quickly. Are you up for the ride? Do you know how reading reduces stress? If not, I will tell you all about it.

Before I begin, I only have one question for you. Do you like to read? Do you love books? If the answer is yes, then this article is meant for you.

Some time ago I asked myself, does reading reduce stress? But in fact, deep down I already knew the answer because reading helped me live through my school years that were psychologically hard and stressful.


How Reading Reduces Stress?

Of course, we all know that reading is good for the brain. Does it help for stress relief?

How Reading Reduces StressA study that was made by neuropsychologist David Lewis revealed that reading is a powerful tool for stress relief. Participants tried stress relief methods such as listening to music, drinking tea or taking a walk to relax, but reading worked the best.

Basically, you only need to read for six minutes to reduce stress levels by 68 percent. Isn’t it cool?

I can’t agree more with what David Lewis said after this research:

Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.

Reading can become your distraction from everyday worries and anxiety, and you can feel more freedom.

How Reading Reduces Stress


Read in a Quiet Place and Relax

You need to find a quiet place to read because it is more enjoyable and relaxing. Of course, it’s not always possible.

Reading is an activity that gives your body and mind time to recharge and explore new imaginary worlds that are so different than your sometimes ordinary life. I am sure that you will become more creative and energetic. In this way, you find new ways to enjoy your life.

How Reading Reduces StressYou can dream, you can laugh, and stress just falls away. When you enjoy yourself, you can’t be stressed or anxious. Right? At least, I can’t.

Reading for me is dreaming and traveling to new realities. I usually forget everything that is stressing me out and just live.

In some strange way is like a meditation. Because you usually only think and be in the reality that book you read brings.

Reading is a journey. It’s fun. It is a joy. If you enjoy something, it can give release from stress even if it is for a little while.

Reading also increases empathy, and you can understand others better. That can make your life easier because we are here for each other to build this world together. When we truly connect with each other, there can’t be stress.


Can Reading Relieve Stress For Everyone?

How Reading Reduces StressSurely, reading reduces stress, but is it work for everyone? Of course, not. If you don’t like to read, and you don’t enjoy this activity, it won’t work.

For some people, reading is a chore, and it can’t be good if you are forced to read a book for school. You can’t enjoy it. I believe that you will become more stressed if that is the case.

I know at least two persons, who said to me, that reading makes them stressful. What about you, my friend?


What to Read if You Are Stressed? What kind of Novel can be Great for Stress Relief?

It’s a good question, but the answer is so simple. It depends on you. If you enjoy the novel you read, laugh and forget about your worries, anxiety, and stress, then it’s the right novel.

It doesn’t matter which genre, because it’s for your enjoyment. Maybe for some of you, when you read a horror novel, you can relieve stress and engage in a different world with different rules, and in this way, you let go of tension. 

For me, fantasy and science fiction novels are the ones that bring balance and I can forget about stress and worries of this world because I visit another place where everything is so different and more interesting. It is an escape, relaxation and I can let go of stress so easily. These books are my favorite ones.


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Conclusion

How Reading Reduces StressNow you understand that reading is important for your physical and mental well-being.

Did you enjoy this article? Do you read books? Or are you going to start reading books? What do you think about reading? Is this all true for yourself? Let me know below!

 


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Until next time!

Linda Mo

Founder of How To Reduce Stress Naturally



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4 Comments

  1. I never knew that reading could reduce stress. That is really cool to know. It is quite a fun activity. A good books takes you to a world full of adventure and unknown.

    I have a question though. Is there any difference for stress level reduction between a nonfiction and a fiction book? Thank you in advance and I hope you have a great day.

    • Hi, Alex! Thanks for your comment!
      Yes, not many people know this, but I think I always knew, because I felt better after reading, more relaxed. Reading is one of the activities I truly enjoy.

      It is a good question. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what you read (fiction or nonfiction) as long as you enjoy it.

  2. Linda, wow, one sentence in your article really caught my attention, “Basically, you only need to read for six minutes to reduce stress levels by 68 percent.” I needed to really let that figure sink in. Yes, I like reading books. However I don’t read as much as I used to as I have other interests in my life. When I was younger I used to read books and magazines a lot more. I used to read a book in bed before going asleep. The problem with that of course, is that the book would be so good that I would read a lot longer than I should. However after reading your excellent post that indicates I only need to read for six minutes to reduce stress levels by 68 percent, I will be taking up reading again in bed just before sleeping and somehow limit my reading for between 6 minutes and 10 minutes. My favourite author back in the day was Tom Clancy, he wrote a number of great fiction books which I enjoyed reading.

    • Hi, David!
      Thanks for your comment!
      It’s good to know, that you liked my post and I caught your attention with that sentence. lol. :). Reading always helped me with stress and anxiety relief, so I wasn’t surprised by that study about reading.
      I also don’t read as much as I used to, but after reading this study, I try to read more.
      I never heard about Tom Clancy, but I will check it.
      Thanks again, David!

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