Reading can help reduce your stress by as much as two thirds (or 68%), even if you only read for six minutes. And reading works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea. These are some of the findings by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex, UK.
Wow! What a validating finding about reading! I’ve always been drawn to books, to reading–perhaps especially during years when things were hard (okay, that’s my entire childhood and beyond). So perhaps I knew instinctively that books could help calm me. I do know that they helped, on many levels.
Dr. Lewis, who conducted the test, was quoted as saying: “This [reading] is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.”
I wholeheartedly agree with that.
How about you? Do you think books help reduce your stress?
What a lovely thing to now be able to tell people–books help reduce stress! I think we should all spread the word!
Check out the article for more information. It’s a great read.