Reading gives us more benefits than we might think. A lot of us like to read for pleasure and getting to go into another world and not having to worry about the problems in our lives can be a great feeling. However, I think books can do a lot more for us then we thought. They can help us relax and relieve stress.
There was a study at the University of Sussex, they concluded that reading “can reduce stress by up to 68%.” Although, you’d have to find the right book. If you find one that you don’t like it probably won’t help you. So just search in tell you find one that you’ll enjoy. The Telegraph has found that emerging yourself into a book can, “[ease] the tension in the muscles and heart,” too. Their article also talked about the research done at the University of Sussex.
I think just reading in itself and can reduce stress quite a bit and help people relax. Using other resources while your reading can help make the reduction of stress greater. I use aromatherapy while I read. I’ll light a candle in my room when I read on my bed -my favorite’s are peppermint and lavender. I think lighting candles while I’m reading help me to go into an even deeper relaxation. There is also a fish tank in my room with water that gently flows into it. I find it calming too and putting all three together puts me at ease.
Unfortnately, there are a lot of you out there who don’t get the satisfaction of relaxing. I wanted to list a couple of things that helped me so I can help you. I’ve had years where I’ve worked so much that I would come home with tension headaches and I don’t wish that on anybody. I hope this post helps you find a way to relax and breathe.