At times there can be nothing better than loosing yourself in a good book. When was the last time you picked up a book to read? Reading can have a positive effect on both our physical and mental health.
Here are five benefits of reading that should make you go pick up that book:
Just like we make an effort to exercise our body to keep it healthy and strong we need to exercise our minds too. Reading provides mental stimulation and exercises our brain, helping to strengthen connections. Keeping your brain active can help prevent cognitive decline that can often come with age. Go on, give it the workout it deserves!
Relaxation & Stress Reduction
Although reading is exercise for the brain itself, it can be a form of relaxation. Loosing yourself to a good story line in whatever genre appeals to you most, can make you relax and forget about all the stress and worries that’s playing out in our everyday lives. If you’re reading a physical book before bed it can also help boost your sleep. Time to be swept away to another word through the words on a page.
Increase Memory and Focus
Today we have many devices, platforms and people vowing for our attention all at once that it’s decreasing our attention span and ability to focus. When you read a book, you must solely focus on one thing to keep up with the storyline. With the storyline comes the ability to remember what has happened. Every memory helps you to forge new pathways in your brain and strengthen existing ones.
Expand Your Vocabulary
Ever read a word within a book and thought to yourself I don’t know what that means? If you don’t, be proactive and look it up in the dictionary. Try to use it in your everyday vocabulary, slowly you’ll begin to add more and more words.
Boost Your Skillset
Reading can also increase a vast range of your skills. By boosting your vocabulary you’re also boosting your writing skills, as you have all these new words to draw from and be able to express yourself clearly in the written and verbal form. Reading can help to fuel your imagination and creativity. Think about when you’ve been reading a book and you start to conjure what the character may look like, where they may live, your imagination is bringing the book to life and can flow on into boosting your creativity in the real world. Reading fiction or even true stories can help you to build empathy, as we gain an understanding of the emotions and feelings of the characters within the pages that we can draw on and learn from for future social situations. Depending on the type of book you are reading, you may be upskilling or improving aspects of your life by utilising the tools that it’s teaching you. All this in turn can help you to gain confidence in your knowledge and skills.
A“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Now it’s time to get stuck into that book you’ve always wanted to read!