Everybody knows that reading books is meant to be good for you, but there are some genuinely tangible benefits to curling up with a book that can have positive effects on your physical health, as well as your mental well-being. Spending some time reading each day really can make a difference to your quality of life, while keeping you entertained.
Perhaps the most important thing that reading does is allow people to escape into other worlds and to relax. There is nothing quite as refreshing as emerging from a great fictional story or interesting factual account. This reduces stress considerably and can help with a host of conditions, from heart problems to depression and anxiety.
Reading also stimulates the brain, helping to stave off the effects of degenerative illnesses associated with age, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Research has strongly suggested that keeping the brain busy with exercises such as crosswords, logic puzzles and, crucially, reading books helps to keep conditions such as this at bay. In many ways, one of the best retirement gifts which someone can give is a book or set of books.
An additional positive effect of this kind of activity is that it helps boost concentration levels. This can pay off in all kinds of ways in your daily life, helping to boost productivity at work and keeping you more alert. This also helps to stave off depression and other kinds of mental staleness, meaning that you approach life in a much more positive way. You find that when you possess a more positive attitude, life becomes much more fulfilling and interesting, while its challenges can be approached and overcome with more confidence.
Relax with a Read
The relaxing effects of reading also encourage people to enjoy better sleep. The routine of reading every evening for half an hour before bedtime helps to prepare both the body and mind for sleep. This means that you will get off to sleep much more quickly and it should also help you to enjoy a more restful night all round.
A good night’s sleep, enjoyed on a routine basis, is key to good overall health. Sleep helps the body repair itself and to grow. If you exercise regularly, good sleep is essential to help your body recover properly so that it can become fitter. Sleeping well also helps to keep stress levels low and helps improve a whole range of things, from skin and hair condition, to alertness and concentration.
Reading is something that helps both the brain and body. It is an activity which can take you to wonderful other worlds in your imagination, or help you to discover fascinating new facts about the world. While it stimulates your mind and keeps your brain sharp, it also allows your body to relax properly, helping you to sleep and keeping your heart in good condition. When it comes to enjoying a long and healthy life, it pays to spend as much of it as possible at the library.
This guest post was written on behalf of Notting Hill Editions by writer and blogger Francesca. You can share your thoughts with her by leaving a comment or Tweeting her @franki_blogs.