We should encourage everyone to read not just children on world book day as reading sets a calm mood, and losing yourself in a good book can reduce your levels of stress. Research by Dr David Lewis showed that reading as little as 6 minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 60% by reducing your heart rate, easing muscle tension and altering your state of mind. That same study showed that reading was better at reducing stress than music, drinking a cup of tea, or going for a walk.
Reading can also be beneficial to our mental health and can be helpful for people dealing with depression and anxiety. Research shows that reading and then talking about what you have read is beneficial to mental health and wellbeing. Whether it is a self-help book, fantasy ﬁction or an autobiography, books can improve your life in a variety of ways. Books can be a form of self-care and using books to promote mental wellbeing is far from a new or unusual practice.
Bibliotherapy the use of books as therapy in the treatment of mental or psychological disorders was coined by Samuel Crothers in August 1916. The creative art therapy involves storytelling or the reading of specific texts with the purpose of healing. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression.
So whether, it is an e-book or a good old fashioned paperback, why don’t you dig out your favourite book and take a break!
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