Feeling stressed? Read a book!

May 3, 2015
reading

Did you know that it only takes 6 minutes of reading to lower your stress levels by 68%?

When you read your heart slows down and your muscles relax. Also, a book can help you put some distance between you and your life. Maybe you're worrying about one of your children. A book can help you take your mind off it. Reading can be a welcome escape from the daily grind.

Reasons to read


I love to read! Ever since I was a child I've been an avid reader. Here's a list of all the reasons I love to read.

  • Because I'm curious about a story. De best stories are the ones that grab you my the hair in the first sentence and pull you in. I can get lost in books like that. Though there aren't all that many out there.
  • To learn something. I've read books about blogging, gardening and parenting because I wanted to learn how to do it better.
  • To find recognition. I love books with short stories about motherhood for example. It makes me feel better to know that other moms struggle too.
  • To get inspired! I've got about 20 books about running. And whenever I'm having trouble staying motivated to run, I pick up one of them. And soon I'll be running again!
  • Just for fun. Some books I just read because they're fun. No hidden agenda.
  • For my blogs. Reading provides me with new ideas for my blog posts. 
  • For relief! Sometimes life sucks. And when it does, and there isn't much I can do to make it feel better, I love to escape into another world by reading a book.
  • To relax. I love curling up with a book on the couch, with a cup of hot tea and some chocolate on hand.
Because reading makes life great I'm always promoting reading to my children. I 'got' two of them. My two daughters read a lot too. But my two eldest sons keep saying: 'Reading is boring.' 

Luckily my youngest son has recently started using my eReader to read. I'm not happy he's spending time on a screen, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

Why reading is good for children


Reading is a great gift. Children who read will learn new words without even trying. And they'll learn about the world and people.

Do you read?

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5 comments

  1. You make some good points or reasons to read. I love the escape into another world. I have done that so many times over the years and it is a bit weird coming back to reality, LOL its been nice to have been away and its nice to be back too. I do need find time to read more, I don't watch much television, somehow reading is much more stimulating to the mind. Its been nice meeting you.
    Kathleen
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    1. Reading is a great way to do some traveling, while sitting in your lazy chair!

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  2. I know books are great but did not know they lowered stress....I can see why! Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Linky party!

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  3. I'm an AVID reader! Have been since I was 5 years old! I didn't know it actually relieved stress! But all those reasons are mine, too!
    Here from #HomeMattersLinkyParty

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  4. Totally agree! Thanks for adding this to the Healthy Living Link Party and for be a supporter of living a healthy life and our link party

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