Reduce Stress by Reading More
Stress is a part of life for many people; in fact, almost 80% of Americans feel stressed at least once each week, with 15% of people experiencing symptoms of stress every single day. April is Stress Awareness Month, and it’s a “national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress prevalent in our society.”
Stress is not something to feel embarrassed about or hide from others. However, as almost everyone experiences some form of stress, it can be quite helpful to talk through your sources of stress with a close friend or family member. Especially if your stressors are something worldwide or something, they’ve been through before, a helping hand (and ear) may be all you need to start feeling better.
For those who prefer to handle things internally, there are many ways to relieve stress on your own, such as meditation, exercise, listening to music, going for a walk, and our personal favorite, reading. According to a study at the University of Sussex, reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. These numbers prove that reading is a more effective method of stress relief than many others.
Any activity that forces the body to focus on a singular task will help reduce stress. For example, when you read, you’re forced to center yourself and focus on the words on the page. If you don’t, you’ll miss what you’re reading and go back until you process the words. When you focus on the words on a page instead of what is stressing you out, you’ll find your heart rate decrease, and your muscles become less tense. Your body will force you to relax to make the most of reading.
There are many reasons we encourage our customers to read daily: it can help you live longer, make you more empathic, slow cognitive decline, help you fall asleep faster, sleep better, and of course, help decrease your stress levels. So next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, instead of focusing on the reasons for your stress, pick up a book! Your brain will turn its focus from whatever ails you to whatever you are reading.
If you’re looking for new books each month to help manage your stress, we can help. All you have to do is choose your favorite genre and how often you’d like to receive new material, and our expert curators will do the rest. At BookCase.Club, we love reading, and we know the benefits it provides - that’s why we’re here to help. Here’s to a happier, less stressful, and more book-filled month!