There are many benefits gained by reading, from a higher IQ to a more financially rewarding job, but did you know that reading can also reduce stress.  A 2009 study by the University of Sussex found that reading for as little as six minutes could reduce stress levels by 68 percent. Reading was a better stress reliever than many popular relaxation methods such as, having a hot cup of coffee or tea, listening to music, taking a leisurely walk, or playing video games.

Reading allows you to lose yourself in whatever book you choose. You are able to forget about all of your worries and obligations while being transported to a different time, place, or even world. Reading requires your full attention, so you don’t have time to think about all the problems that are causing you stress. Your body begins to relax, which lowers your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles.

Take time out of your busy day to curl up with a good book or magazine. Find a quiet and relaxing spot where you will not be disturbed. Take the phone off of the hook. Choose whatever topics or genres interest you. Read a book or magazine about your favorite hobby, be it crafting, gardening, cooking, fishing, or so on. Pick out a book from your favorite genre such as poetry, romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, history, etc. As long as it interests you, it is the perfect book to relieve your stress.

Books and magazines can be found anywhere from grocery stores to retail stores. An even better option is to visit your local library, where you can check out a book for free.  Contact us for more information on the benefits of reading.