I know by the title of this post you’re thinking what does reading have to do with being healthy? I mean…you’re not moving the body around, burning calories, and not even breaking a sweat—unless it’s an intense book of course lol. Anyway, you might not be physically active while reading, but you sure are breaking a mental sweat, and that can be the balance your whole being is searching for. With probably as many books as there are people in the world, the possibilities are endless and that makes room for no boredom.
For a period of time as a child, you couldn’t catch me without a good read in my hand or pant pocket; fast forward to my teens and it was a whole other ballgame. At that time in my life, I’d soooo much rather be in front of the TV with sixteen pounds of food by my side than be sitting down to a quality book. There was now something extremely boring, and almost last resort about picking one up and actually committing to it for more than five minutes.
Nonetheless, I’ve gone back to my old ways, and each and every night I make sure I get some pages in, and I don’t plan on changing that routine!
What kinds of things do you enjoy reading the most, and how often?
Now, here are just a small handful of reasons on why you might want to incorporate regular reading into your life:
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face. Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you.
Improved Focus and Concentration:
In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via gchat, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and lowers our productivity.
Though many of us like to buy books so we can annotate them and dog-ear pages for future reference, they can be quite pricey. For low-budget entertainment, you can visit your local library and bask in the glory of the countless tomes available there for free. Libraries have books on every subject imaginable, and since they rotate their stock and constantly get new books, you’ll never run out of reading materials.
All references came from, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-reading-why-you-should-read-everyday.html
May 21 by Lana Winter-Hébert in Leisure, Lifestyle