Besides being entertaining and escapist, promoting memory, critical thinking and creativity, imbuing confidence in new situations and unlocking hidden talents, good 'ol' fashioned' reading can also increase resilience to daily stresses and provide relief from the daily rigmarole of multi-tasking that clouds our high-tech modern lives. Sounds too simple to be true? Well consider these health benefits, that you may be missing out on:
Reading equips you to deal with stress by engaging the mind and focusing attention away from everyday cares that demand a physiological response. According to recent research from the University of Sussex, sponsored by Galaxy chocolate, reading reduced stress levels in volunteers by 68% and worked better and quicker than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea. Reading off paper, though, it transpires, prepares you for sleep better than reading from screens.
Interestingly, children of parents that continue to read out loud to their children are more likely to take up reading for pleasure. Studies also show that reading may offset mental deterioration with age and potentially decreases the risk of Alzheimer's in the elderly.
Our philosophy is that the more often we relax. the easier it becomes to enjoy a stress-less life. Isn't it time you caught up with a good book once more?