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Reading and Mental Health: How a Good Story Can Help You Cope



The world today is fast-paced and oftentimes quite scary. With so much going on, it's important to take time for yourself and focus on your mental health.


One way to do this is by reading. Reading can be a great way to escape from the stresses of daily life and to remove yourself from the constant barrage of bad news. A good story can transport you to another world, allowing you to forget about your problems, and that of the wider world, for a while.


Reading has been found to especially help those dealing with anxiety or depression, as it can provide a much-needed break from negative thought cycles and emotions. Studies have shown that reading can have a positive impact on mental health and can reduce stress levels by up to 68% (University of Sussex). Research shows that reading reduces stress by helping to slow your heart rate and ease tension in the muscles, thus promoting relaxation.


Cognitive function is also a key benefit to reading, which can be particularly helpful for those dealing with mental health issues. By exercising your brain through reading, you can improve memory and concentration, as well as strengthen your problem-solving skills.


Written stories are very similar to TV shows and movies in that there are a whole host of different genres to choose from as well as different lengths. If you like a good romance, some out-of-this-world sci-fi, or a bit of a fright with a horror, there's a book out there for everyone. Of course, this means that you can choose a book to suit your mood and to support specific mental health issues. For example, by reading about characters who have overcome adversity, you can gain inspiration and motivation to tackle your own challenges. So, if you're looking for a way to improve your mental health, why not pick up a good book? Or, if you don't have time for that, you could always look at a short story or poem. Whatever you choose, it's a simple yet effective way to help you cope with stress, anxiety, and depression, while also improving your cognitive function and building resilience.


The Readily is a website dedicated to providing free short stories to those that need a break from the real world for just a moment. The twist is that you get to engage with the story by voting for what happens next. As a community, we build the stories together, adding more benefits to reading by creating a feeling of togetherness and belonging. Try it out at www.thereadily.net and come say hello over on our socials. In the meantime, take care of yourself, and each other ❤️





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