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?


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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Linda Mo

Founder of How To Reduce Stress Naturally

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  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.

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