How Reading Can Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

How Reading Can Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety

I love reading!

I love reading to learn. And I love reading to relax.

I read about psychology and self-help, as well as my “personal” interests including philosophy and politics, camping and adventures, humanity and … well, pretty much anything!

I find reading relaxing and distracting; I find it helps give me joy and perspective.

So, I was very happy when I found this article that proves it can actually be good for your mental-health and wellbeing …

via Psych Central by Lela Moore

Reading can foster connection and empathy, while helping people with anxiety feel less isolated and more engaged.

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Have you ever recognized yourself in a book you are reading — whether in a character or situation — and thought, “wow, I’m not the only one?”

It is a powerful moment, and one that might be helpful in treating some mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression.

Some mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety, might make you feel more “in your head.” This might cause you to feel isolated, perhaps believing that you’re the only one who feels like you do.

This unique feeling of isolation can make treating conditions like anxiety more complicated.

Isolation may also be a cause of anxiety and depression, like what many experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can reading help anxiety? 

Reading books can be beneficial for your mental health. When you read, you can recreate a feeling of social engagement, including identifying with people and finding common ground with others.

Because of this, bibliotherapy, or book therapy, emerged as a potentially powerful tool for helping people with anxiety and depression…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE