You may think that reading books during this unimaginable time is not essential. However, reading can provide an escape from our worries. As we struggle with uncertainty, the constant bombardment of pandemic news and living in quarantine, something as simple as reading can help slow our brains down, as well as provide other benefits. Reports indicate that committing part of every day to read printed books can help make us more relaxed individuals.
Thirty minutes of reading can help us slow down and lower our stress levels, similar to 30 minutes of yoga. It can make us kinder by helping us to step outside ourselves and empathize with the characters. It provides an alternative to scrolling through cellphones at night, which makes it harder for us to fall asleep and leads to an overall decline in sleep quality. Some experts say reading books, on the other hand, can have relaxing effects, making it the ideal bedtime activity.
Try escaping into a book for a brief respite from current events.