I am sure you would like to know how reading is connected to stress relief because otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article. Does reading reduce stress? How? Does it even possible?
What is reading for me and maybe for you too?
Reading is my passion and, of course, it reduces stress because after this activity I always feel calmer and more focused. More relaxed…
For me, reading is exploring new worlds, sailing away into a fantasy world that is sometimes too different from the world we live in. Sailing away from stress.
I think you can agree that your life sometimes is too stressful and that you need to hide a little while from it. Then you return stronger, more relaxed and ready to face new challenges and maybe change your life for the better.
Maybe that is one of the reasons I read. Maybe I just want to hide, run away. Some years ago I thought that maybe I love to read books because I want to escape from my life. I don’t think that anymore.
Read and Be Yourself
Actually, reading is not running away from problems and your life, it is just changed perspective. When you read, you are in the present moment, yes, maybe in a different world, but at that moment you are being yourself.
When you are under stress, you are not in the present moment, you don’t acknowledge yourself. In my opinion, that is running away from yourself.
It is not natural to feel stress every day, so you need to do everything you could to relieve stress in a natural and safe way. If reading a book reduces stress, why wouldn’t you want to try?
Does Reading Reduce Stress? Really?
Yes, and it is completely true (it is not just me saying that). There is even research about it.
Outside stressors don’t bother me at the time I read, so reading for me is a distraction from stress, but it is not just that, it is also a journey to the imaginary world. When I read, of course, I can’t think about things that I feel stressed about. Reading requires my full concentration and attention, it is like my mind takes a holiday (even if it is just some minutes or hours).
I have a vivid imagination so I wouldn’t be surprised that it is only me thinking and feeling like that. 🙂 However, looks like other people feel like that too and University Sussex research proves it. It is good to know that I am not just imagining things and other people think similar.
More About Study
According to research, stress levels of participants were increased with different exercises, then they were tested with typical methods of relaxation such as listening to music, taking a walk, and others.
This study showed that reading is the best way to relax because just 6 minutes of reading reduce stress levels by up to 68 %. Isn’t that fast?
Dr.Lewis, cognitive neuropsychologist, said that reading is the ultimate relaxation, it stimulates your creativity and you can escape from stresses. How amazing is that? How similar his words are to my feelings and thoughts!
In 2009 they found out something I knew a long time ago and maybe you too.
After reading about this research I wanted to read books more and more, but you know I need to write too.
It’s not for everyone…
Reading really reduces stress, however, it looks like it doesn’t help everyone. At least two persons said to me that for them reading is stressful. Maybe they are reading the news and that makes them worried and stressed. Actually, me too, so I usually avoid reading the news. I don’t know why reading can’t help them with stress relief. What about you?
What to Read for Stress Relief?
Actually, you can be absolutely sure that it doesn’t matter what you read because the most important thing is that you are enjoying the book you read.
It doesn’t need to be self-help books about stress management or something like that. It can be any genre you like, for example, science fiction, fantasy (my favorite one) or romance novels, etc. Maybe even poetry.
Just choose what you like and love. Let’s reduce the stress that is holding you captive!
As you know right now, reading really reduces stress and even research shows that. Of course, it can’t be true for everyone, because we all are different.
What about you? Is it true for you that reading reduces stress? Does reading is relaxing for you? Tell me how it is. What is your favorite book to read for stress relief? Maybe you love to reread. What kind of books are you usually reading to reduce stress?
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