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What Makes Reading Such A Great Escape From Stress and Worry

Reading is one of those activities that comes with many benefits, including a range of mental health benefits. There’s nothing quite like sitting back on your bed, on the sofa, in a coffee shop – or wherever you are – with a book in your hand and your favourite drink. It’s so tranquil spending time relaxing with a good book, there is quite literally nothing like it.

There’s no doubt about it, reading is a great escape from stress and worry, but what it is that makes reading such a fantastic way to escape your problems, and what other benefits does this hobby come with? For everything that you should know, read on.

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Keeps your mind active

Research has shown that people who read tend to have more active minds than people that don’t read, and people who have these brains are more than two times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease in later life or struggle with mental health problems. Studies have shown that by staying mentally alert, you can significantly improve your mental health and wellness in both the long and short-term.

Transports you away from stress

Studies have shown that snuggling up with a good book can transport you away from your worries and concerns, helping to relax your mind and relieve feelings of stress. A study undertaken by the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can reduce your feelings of stress by up to 68%. Of course, a substantial article, such as the one by Daniel Handlerfor instance, can also have the same effect.

You become more empathetic

By spending time reading about a large number of different people from various walks of life and circumstances than you can help you to better understand that everyone is different and realize that you are able to relate to different people in different situations to your own. By reading your mental state changes and you naturally become more empathetic, able to show more empathy to people in different situations to your own.

Strengthens your focus

Did you know that reading encourages your mind to train itself to focus better? This is because when you read, you have to retain the information that you have read, in order to continue the rest of the book. Reading requires your full focus – something that is lacking in today’s society with many people constantly multi-tasking. Simply by reading for 15 minutes per day, you can significantly improve your mental focus and ability to concentrate.

Reading helps you sleep

Then there’s the fact that reading helps you to sleep. Studies have shown that people who read regularly tend to be far better sleepers than people who don’t read. Stress can often make it difficult to fall asleep, which could indicate why reading can help to boost sleep levels as it can reduce stress levels significantly in a fairly short space of time.

Reading is an amazing hobby to have, it offers you an incredible escape from your day to day life, allowing you to reduce your feelings of stress and worry and escape into another world.

This is a collaborative post.
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What About You? Affirmation Challenge Day 8

‘Time brings along with it many dark days, but if we wait for a little while, we will find countless bright ones.’ Jacqueline

Doing today’s affirmation challenge has been a bit difficult ‘cos my mind literally blipped to a stop since I heard the shocking news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. This, coming after just a few days of Kate Spade’s passing is worrisome. I enjoyed Bourdain’s series on CNN ‘Parts Unknown’ and learnt so much from them.

I recall many times that I wondered out loud about how fantastic his job must be. An epitome of a successful, zestful man, yet he obviously had deeper struggles than our eyes’ could see.

Please call a helpline, turn to a friend or even a stranger. You are not alone. Our problems are what we make of them – big or small – and a problem shared is half-solved.

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Check Out These Excellent Quotes From YesterdayImage result for image quotes about inner peace

MandibelleIn the end, we all become stories”- Margaret Atwood.

I never liked all her books and frankly, ‘The Handmaids Tale’ disturbed me as a book. I’ve watched the TV show it’s a bit better. Perhaps sometimes what we picture is worse than the truth when we read. Either way, I think this quote is apt. No one in the future will know who we were as a person. Thus, certain pieces of are remembered as stories, which can be truthful, but also don’t take into account personal thoughts or experiences as those are hidden once we have passed. But too many cultures, stories are a kind of immortality.

Spiritualdragonfly: I have found that sometimes silence can be the loudest answer of all…..

Eugenia: “There are no right answers to wrong questions.”-Ursula K. Le Guin

CrankyChronicles: There is no elevator to success, just lots of steps.

P.S. If you wish to join this positive affirmation challenge running for 90 days, please add your quote to the comments and each day, I’ll share everyone’s quote with their links.

What About You? Affirmation Challenge Day 5

Today, I’m grateful for a fulfilling day. For each moment of making my self-talk positive. I will have a good nights sleep and my subconscious will be activated with audacious, wholesome dreams, flooded with thoughts and images of the certainty of my success. Jacqueline

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Excellent Quotes From Yesterday:

Mandibelle “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” — Paul Coelho-
I think this one is pretty straightforward. I’m not saying I’m always able to do it, or that everyone can be a positive example of action and change 24-7, but I think it’s a worthy goal. Even small actions change the world and those living in it, often in ways, we don’t ever realize.

Bernadette: Thinking of someone to love each day keeps your resentment away!” Richard Carlson

Oba: I am royalty, encapsulated in grace, endowed and empowered with positivity to nourish my space with Love-OBA

Oladewalaura: Learning is a gift even when pain is the teacher.
We all pass through pain before getting great success so it is not seen to be pain, it is believed to be the ability to attain greater height.

Winifred Mena-Ajakpovi: I am blessed beyond measure. I am made of more. Good things come to me

Jose Cosme: I have faith and confidence that I have everything I need to share my gifts and talents with the world.

Boma Anikwe: I’m me. I don’t live according to my dictates .i believe in divine orders, yet, audacious enough to make mistakes and learn from them because I am not my mistake. Everything in life happens in its set time. No need to rush into anything.
I only engage my time usefully yielding to the counsel of the Holy Spirit and acquiring new skills that will help me shine in my set time! I haven’t lost anything, no! I only gained experience. I have no regrets. That’s why I live and walk in dominion every day.

P.S. If you wish to join this positive affirmation challenge running for 90 days, please add your quote to the comments and each day, I’ll share everyone’s quote with their links.