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The Value of Reading Books the Old School Way

With the booming age of technology, it has been observed that  the habit of reading books has declined.  If you recall the feelings after reading a most impactful book or juicy fiction read, it might inspire you to pick up reading a book the old fashion way again.It’s unfortunate that we have gotten away from the priceless act of reading books for the benefits that the simple act of reading a book can offer. I like to create the habit or routine of reading as a means of self care. While I listen to books on Audible throughout my day as an easy access to reading while I’m on the go, I still savor the act of reading a book when I’m able to and before bedtime. 

Here is a list of Benefits of Reading Books 

Gives knowledge

One of the biggest reasons why we read books is to gain knowledge. Books are a rich source of information. Reading books on varied subjects imparts information and increases the depth about the subject as well.

Reduces stress

Reading has a positive effect on the body as well A study by consultancy firm Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles.

Vocabulary Expansion

The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and those words will inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. As you read, you come across new words, idioms, new words, phrases and writing styles.

Improves Focus and Concentration

In our busy lifestyles, our attention is drawn in different directions each day as we try to multi-task through each day. Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span

Helps you sleep better

Poor sleep leads to low productivity. This is why so many experts recommend that you establish regular de-stressing routine before you sleep to help calm your mind and therefore sleep better. Reading a book is one of the best ways to calm yourself before you go to bed. Instead of watching television or spending too much time on your smartphone while in bed, take some time to read. The bright lights from the electronic devices will only affect your sleep. On the other hand, a book will help you sleep better.

Improves creativity

The biggest difference between reading and watching television is that reading gives you the scope to unleash your creativity. The more you read, the more you learn new things. New thoughts always stretch our minds to rediscover life in new and better ways. We start to see the world in a different way and this way we find new creative solutions.

Improves your brain

Studies have shown that reading has strong positive effects on the brain. By staying mentally stimulated, you can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because, keeping your brain active prevents it from losing power. The brain is a muscle and like other muscles in the body, exercise keeps it strong and healthy. Similar to solving puzzles, reading books is a great way to exercise your brain and keep it healthy.

Tips for Reading Books as a means of Lifestyle:

If you’re someone who’s gotten away from the act of reading, go ahead and pick up a book you’ve had on your shelf and haven’t yet read or head to the book store and search for books that peak curiosity.

Be discerning about what you read: Is this something that will benefit you, inspire you or motivate you ? Don’t waste your time reading something that won’t add any value to your life.

Create balance with your reading. Have a variety of reads in your library. They might be  light or heavy in depth, humorous, or sweet, motivating and inspiring or old classics. Either way try and mix it up and alternate the genre’s of reading.

Interacting with reading. You might want to join a book club or choose a book to read with your friend, partner or life coach so that you can discuss the book after and learn from each other.

Keep a book in your bag. I always throw a book in my bag before leaving my home in the morning. Whether I’m waiting for a next appointment, sitting by myself at a cafe’ or on the subway, it’s always an enriching way to be able to read a few pages of a book.

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