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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Reading for Wellbeing

Benefits of reading for mental health and wellbeing

According to research conducted by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) reading was one of the most popular ways that people were able to manage their stress and wellbeing during the pandemic, with 43% reporting that reading helped them deal with their stress levels during the UK’s third national lockdown..

Reducing Stress

Many people find that reading can assist them to lower their stress and a 2009 study of students found that 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate and psychological distress just as effectively as other activities such as comedy and yoga did.

Improve mental health

Just like the body need to move to work the muscles, the brain needs to exercise as well to keep it strong and healthy. For someone who might overthink a lot, reading can help to quieten down their mind and bring a sense of peace and calm. Reading can also assist in easing symptoms of depression, such as isolation and loneliness, as it allows you to escape into another world or learn something new. Reading can also help the body get into a routine when it comes to sleep as it can help you to relax and this can ease stress, enabling you to sleep better.

Book Recommendations

All the books listed below are available through the Library Catalogue.