Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Benefits of Reading

When’s the last time you lost yourself in a good book? If you don’t remember, you might want to add reading to your recovery to-dos. In fact, becoming a bookworm can boost your mind and wellbeing in a big way. So go ahead, let yourself get caught up in a particularly compelling story this summer — it’s good for your long-term sobriety!

Here are a few study-proven ways reading can help you: 
  • Reading can help you stress less. Even more so than listening to music, sipping a cup of tea or taking a walk, according to one study. In fact, researchers say that reading can tame tensions by as much as 68 percent. 
  • Reading can help you sleep better. But this only holds true if you pick up a paperback.  The bright screens of e-readers and tablets can actually mess with your sleep cycles. 
  • Reading can help ease depression symptoms. Specifically, reading self-help books has been study-proven to lower levels of depression when combined with support sessions. 
  • Reading can boost your concentration. Focusing for prolonged periods on reading a book is a great exercise to enhance your powers of concentration – and this skill can do wonders during recovery and beyond as your return to school or work. 
  • Reading can make you more empathetic. Studies show that reading stories in which characters are rich and developed allows the reader to take on these personalities and understand what it’s like to be someone else. 
Staying Stronger Together 
By learning and practicing healthy coping skills, you can empower yourself and feel more confident about dealing with stress for a healthier, happier you. The programs at Rising Roads Recovery Services for Women are designed to help women get and stay sober. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.

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