6 Reasons Why Reading is Important (Good for the Soul)

Reading is an important self-care activity, and it’s good for the soul. This post will explain why reading is a vital tool you should be using.

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I love reading! It’s a powerful and essential self-care activity for many reasons, which I have listed below.

But, if you don’t enjoy reading, start with some light reading; it should never feel like a chore. 

Pick something manageable and something you can enjoy. That can be a magazine, a blog or even a recipe book. 

Developing a habit of reading is way more important than the content you read. Because, once you become more comfortable with reading, you can opt for a more challenging and helpful book.

Here are six reasons why reading is so important:

Reading is proven to help you to destress

Reading a book is an incredibly effective way to relax after a busy and stressful day. A 2009 study by the University of Sussex proved that quietly reading for as little as 6 minutes can reduce your stress levels by up to 68%. 

Reading will stimulate your brain & imagination.

Reading is an excellent exercise for your brain. While you’re reading, your mind is forced to paint mental pictures. Not only does this stimulate your brain, but it can also activate your creative juices. 

So, if you’re struggling to think creatively, try reading a fiction book for 15 minutes.

Reading for bed can help you to relax into a deep sleep.

As I mentioned previously, reading is a great tool you can use to help you unwind. Your brain is a muscle, which needs rest after a busy day. 

However, switching your brain off is sometimes a lot harder than it seems.

Reading for just 15 minutes before bed can help you to escape from your unwanted racing thoughts. Read a good fiction book, and you’ll find your eyes will soon start to feel heavy. 

Reading is an essential form of education.

I believe that we should always be learning and challenging our minds. Reading is such an important tool we can use to learn and consume new information every day.

Reading non-fiction, self-development and educational books will help expand your knowledge – which is key to your personal development and growth.

Reading will improve your focus and concentration.

We live in a world where our attention is in high demand. And with so many distractions, we can often find it difficult to focus when we need to.

Reading for just a few minutes a day can help to train your brain to concentrate. 

It also feels great to focus on one thing for a while. 

Physical books can be a much-needed escape from digital devices.

Digital devices and screens have become the dominant assets in our lives. – from laptop screens to phones screens to television screens.

As helpful as these devices can be, it’s crucial for us to occasionally connect to a more physical and non-digital world.

Reading a physical book can act as a necessary escape from the digital worlds we live in.

Hannah Pellatt

I'm a qualified life & wellness coach and an advocate of self-care. It’s my mission to help you achieve balance, wellness and success. You can find out more at hannahpellatt.com.

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