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Did you know that reading can improve your mental health? Looking for a good excuse to read more?
I have always loved reading books but due to having a busy schedule, working long hours. This meant I lose the love of reading. However, I found my love for reading during the first lockdown. The UK experienced beautiful hot and sunny days. This just made me want to sit in the sun and read all day.
How reading can improve your mental health
There are several benefits that reading can improve your mental health.
Reading can help to reduce your stress levels
There have been a few studies that stated reading for a few minutes can help to reduce stress levels. To feel the effect of this, all you need is at least 6 minutes. Some people say that reading to better than going a yoga session.
It is suggested that reading is similar to meditating for the brain. Where it enters a state of calm and can relax from everything.
Reading allows you to escape from all your real-world issues
This is my personal favourite reason to read a book. I love opening a good book and read about someone else and someone else’s problems. I can imagine that is most people reason to read a book.
Reading helps to improve your literacy skills
I know some people thought that once you have left school you won’t need to learn anymore words. For me, reading is a great way to test myself. I am constantly learning new words, ways to spell them and interesting facts and figures. Every time I learn something new, I feel slightly proud of myself, which in turn helps to boost my mood.
Reading is great for a good nights sleep
Reading is a great way to get some sleep at night. It allows the brain to relax and ready itself to go to sleep quickly. If you are suffering from sleep issues, why not, try reading a book before going to sleep. Allow yourself some time to turn off the T.V. and read. For the best results, read from a paperback book and not a screen, it will help your eyes.
About The Author
Hi! I’m Charlotte, and I aim to encourage people to love themselves through my blog, Goal of Happiness. I am passionate about health, fitness and mental health, and if you are too, then come take a look around my blog. You can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.