Monday, May 21, 2018

Seven Reasons Why Reading Is Good For Your Mind


Hey ladies!

The earlier ascent of the sun each morning, followed by later sunsets is a good indication that we are approaching high summer. And as much as that precious vitamin D is putting most of us in better spirits, there are still many for whom the approach of summer makes little difference. Come rain or shine they have to fight a daily battle with their minds and emotions.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I'm really glad that a whole month has been set aside to remind people of the need for us to develop more of an understanding of mental health issues. I thought this post could provide a sound backdrop to speak about the benefits that reading, be it a book or magazine has on the mind.

(DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST, AND ALL MATERIAL YOU WILL READ HERE IS A PRODUCT OF MY RESEARCH)

1. It helps you to escape
I always say that reading is a very affordable way to travel. In the time you are engrossed in a book, your mind is learning new facts, or meeting different characters and travelling to new places.

2. It's a form of relaxation
Many people read for pleasure and this is excellent as it calms the mind. It can be as effective as taking a peaceful walk, having a relaxing bath or listening to soothing music.

3. It helps you to become empathetic

Reading about the plight of characters and learning about their backstories can help us all to become more emotionally intelligent and develop an understanding of people. This can also be true for reading memoirs and biographies.

4. It ignites creativity
Reading can help with visualisation and even prompt you to do some writing of your own!

5. It can help with sleep
Because of the calming effects that reading has on the mind, it is known that it can be a great remedy for insomnia. So keep a book underneath your pillow or on your nightstand! It is not advised that you read from a Kindle or e-reader though as the light emitted will keep you alert!

6. It boosts intelligence
Not only will reading expand your vocabulary and grammar, it is also an effective way of learning new material!

7. It improves your memory
Reading exercises those memory muscles in the brain!

So now you have seven reasons why reading is good for your mind! Can you think of any more? What else do you do to look after your mental health? Comment below. I would love to know!

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16 comments

  1. Oh my gosh great minds think alike, I literally just wrote a post about reading as well! I totally forgot how much reading can improve your memory though, that's such a bonus.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Hi Julia, I am off to read yours now! Thank you so much for stopping by at the blog. And yes! Great minds do think alike.

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  2. Yes to all your points especially relaxing/unwinding plus getting some inspiration. Magazines do It for me if I need to relax. I also read other fashion, hair, food or lifestyle blogs for some inspos too.

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    1. Great! I am glad you have enjoyed the post. And yes! Magazines are just as good. In fact they can be even more relaxing to read that books.

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  3. You have mentioned all here sis and couldn't agree more. It helps me sleep when ever the insomnia shows its face. Ha!!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Missy May. I find insomnia disturbing me more and more so reading is definitely needed!

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  4. I can attest to all these benefits of reading, albeit there were times when a good book would keep me up all night, so all needs to be done in good measure.

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    1. Oh yes, that's so true. I used to read through the night as a child. So yes, some moderation goes a long way.

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  5. Such a fantastic post and I completely agree to every single benefit you have just mentioned. I adore reading, and at the minute I try to find any excuse where I can pick up a book. For me, more so than creativity and escapism I think I lean towards reading as more of a form of relaxation x

    Sheena
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  6. Thank you Sheena. I'm glad you adore reading! It's totally a great way to relax!

    Madeline
    www.madelinewilsonojo.com

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  7. Great post. Totally agree with your seven benefits. Reading helps me to learn different life lesson from different perspectives either fictional or non fiction.

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    1. Thank you Betty. Reading is a great tool for learning. It helps me too.

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  8. I really hate reading...truth be told. Would love if you write a post on how to enhance our reading skills

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    1. Hi Emete. Oh dear...we all have those things we rather not do! Ha! Yes, I will be more than happy to write a post about this once I'm off my hiatus!

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  9. I really hate reading...truth be told. Would love if you write a post on how to enhance our reading skills

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