Saturday 4 April 2020

Reading a book reduces mental stress

A thoroughly engaging speaker, Terry Small (otherwise known as The Brain Guy) has written in his newsletter about the calming effects of reading.  It doesn’t really matter what you’re reading, but it does have to be on the same topic.  

A University of Essex study* found that reading for just six minutes can reduce our stress levels by 68%.

Dr. Lewis, neuroscientist and lead researcher, states, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation."

It was found that reading slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and calms our minds

Jumping around and scanning news on a mobile device or computer can actually feel the opposite  to relaxing... leaving the information consumer feeling drained and stress.

So find a book or blog, and immerse yourself in a mother world for a few minutes a day.