Is it just me or is reading a lost form of relaxation and entertainment? Admittedly, I used to read a lot, but now I find myself turning more to a streaming platform of some kind for entertainment. Now and again, I find myself bored with that and I end up picking up a book, then I wonder why I don’t do it more often! I genuinely love getting lost in a good book. There’s nothing quite like getting pulled into a good story and creating the visual scenes yourself and what you picture the characters to look like. So, why don’t I do it more often?
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to forget about taking care of ourselves and doing the things that we love. Reading really is a super easy and enjoyable way to give your mental well-being a little boost. Whether you're flipping through the pages of a paperback or swiping through a Kindle, diving into a good book has some seriously awesome benefits for your mind and soul.
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TOP 6 WAYS READING BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
1. Stress? Say Goodbye!
Seriously, reading is like a mini vacation for your brain. Studies have shown that just a few minutes of getting lost in a book can zap away stress like nobody's business. So, next time you're feeling frazzled, grab your favourite read and let the relaxation begin!
2. Get Your Brain Pumped!
Reading isn't just entertainment – it's a workout for your brain! Scientists have found that regular reading can actually make your brain stronger and smarter. Pretty cool, right? So, by spending some quality time with a book, you're giving your noggin a little love and keeping it sharp.
3. Feel All the Feels:
Ever notice how you get totally wrapped up in the lives of book characters? That's because reading helps build empathy and emotional smarts. It's like stepping into someone else's shoes for a while and seeing the world through their eyes. Plus, it's a great reminder that we're all in this crazy journey together.
4. Sweet Dreams are Made of... Reading!
Tired of tossing and turning at night? Try swapping your phone for a book before bedtime. Studies have shown that reading for even just a few minutes before hitting the hay can help you snooze like a champ. So, cozy up with a good book and drift off into dreamland – you'll thank yourself in the morning!
5. Stress Reduction Round Two:
Yep, we're bringing stress relief back into the spotlight because it's just that important! Reading isn't just about escaping reality for a bit – it's a legit way to chill out and unwind. Research even suggests that it can be as effective as meditation for calming your mind and boosting your mood. Talk about a win-win!
6. You Can Do It Almost Anywhere
On the train to and from work, on a plane when travelling, on the couch, in bed, outside (we all know how good the outdoors is for our mood...or, in case you missed the blog about that check it out here). It's the perfect on-the-go or at-home way to relax your mind.
WHAT'S THE IDEAL AMOUNT OF TIME TO READ FOR THE BENEFITS?
Well, that depends on you! But hey, aiming for around 30 minutes to an hour a day is amazing. It's enough time to reap all the awesome benefits of reading without feeling overwhelmed. Plus, who doesn't love an excuse to sneak in some extra reading time? Sit down with a hot or cold drink and a snack, and let your mind take a break from the daily stresses.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite book, find a comfy spot, and dive into a world of adventure, knowledge and relaxation. Your mental well-being will thank you for it! Aim for 30 minutes every other day and see how you feel!