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Quick Reads #15 - Is A Book The Cure You Need For Anxiety?

You can go online and read huge lists which tell you about things you can do to help your anxiety but what most lists seem to miss is one of the most obvious hobbies people have, reading.

Reading is such a great hobby to have, not only for someone with anxiety but for people who just want a quick escape from the situation. Even the smell of a book is enough to help people calm down and as studies have shown, reading can be much better than having meditation and exercise if done correctly. Setting aside 30 minutes every day to read any book, even a magazine can help lower your heart rate (unless you favourite character dies, which might cause you to cry for an hour or two)! 

Some other benefits of reading are

  • Reading rewires your brain to be happier and helps you be a better person!
  • Gives you something to escape from reality
  • Reduces your stress levels 
  • Helps your body go from the fight or flight mode to a more relaxed one
  • Relaxes your muscles

 

Even though we can go on for hours about reading, the main thing is not what you read but rather how you read. If you're just reading for fun, it'll go great but if you're reading to just say that you've read a book, it won't help you body relax and may even put more stress. Hope you enjoy your reading and good luck!

 


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