How reading can help reduce stress

How reading can help reduce stress

Did you know that when you are feeling stressed, one of the best ways to help you relax is to read?  Even just six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds.

Surprisingly, in my view, research from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex has shown that reading works better and faster to calm nerves than other methods such as listening to music or going for a walk.

The reason for this psychologists believe is because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and with the mind being taken into a literary world, tensions in muscles and the heart are eased.

We all know that feeling of being transported to a faraway world with full of excitement and interesting people with no limitations on our dreams when reading a book.  This is another reason why reading fiction can be good for us in addition to all the non-fiction that small business owners tend to try to soak up.

However, by reading non-fiction such as motivational books, or those that deal with specific problems you are having such as losing weight, getting fit or organising a home, you can realise that you are not alone with your problem or frustration as other people understand how you are feeling. This can give you a sense of hope in solving your problem and provide encouragement to put plans in place a better future.

Reading biographies of successful people that illustrate how they overcame difficult situations against all the odds can inspire you and give you the inspiration to take on a new challenge that had previously seemed unobtainable.

Humorous books can make you laugh out loud – a great stress reliever in itself.

The research from Mindlab has shown that to reduce stress levels by up to 68% subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes. This was shown to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles and in fact, it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started.

So choose your reading material carefully and always carry a book with you (or your Kindle/iPad). When you feel you are in a moment of stress, take a few minutes out and go read. Transport yourself somewhere else that no one else can enter and enjoy the experience.


How to reduce stress

How to reduce stress

Stress affects us all at some point in our lives. How we handle stress can affect our long term health. If you want to find out how to reduce stress, these words are absolutely wonderful in explaining how holding on to stress can be detrimental to us and why we should learn to let go.

The words were sent to me recently by a friend. Read on and see what you think ….

How to reduce stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water.

Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 grams. To 20 grams.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practised. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

If you want to reduce stress remembering the words above and putting them into practice.  Also have a read of my Top Tips To Stay Stress Free