This year I want to make a conscious effort to read more books. I'm hoping that by sharing just a few benefits of reading and maybe by encouraging others to read, I can get myself to listen to my own advice.
4 Mental Benefits for Why You Should Read Every Day
Mental Simulation: Reading allows your brain to be mentally stimulated. Mental stimulation will improve your overall brain function and memory. Reading is the best way to increase this stimulation, so really how could you pass up a moment to improve your brain's health?! The increase in stimulation will develop new neurons, no matter how old you are, so pick up a book and keep your brain young!
Break From Tech: While I love that you are using your screen time to read an article on Rosemary & Rouge taking a break from tech, especially at night is exceptionally beneficial. It will ultimately help you fall asleep sooner. Have you ever found yourself scrolling through articles, FB, Instagram and then suddenly it’s midnight? Losing track of time causes you to stay up later than you should, ultimately limiting your potential sleep time.
Stress Reliever: There is no magic way to remove all stress from our lives, but reading can help you to relax and let go of the tension from the day. When you have a great story that captivates you, you can allow yourself to drift away from your worries for just a little while. A well-written book can transport you to other realms, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax and forget about the real world.
Improved Focus and Concentration: In this fast-paced world, our focus can be pulled in a multitude of directions. In a single 5-minute span, the average person probably divides their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people, keeping an eye on social media, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like behavior causes stress levels to rise and lowers our productivity. When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every exquisite detail you’re absorbing. Spend only 10 minutes a day reading, and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are when you are in the office.
Make the Time
*Have a Book*
It goes without saying but in order to read a book... you first NEED to have a book picked out. If you don’t know where to start, ask other people for suggestions or do a quick google search on trending books. Figure out if you want to read for pleasure or to learn something new. Maybe your job required you to negotiate contracts, and you want to learn to become a better negotiator. I would suggest you read Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. Maybe mysteries are your thing? I would recommend a book by Mary Higgins Clark.
Whatever you choose, just stick with it!
Just like you dedicate time to call your mom, hang out with your best friend, or go to the gym you need to set aside time to read. Start with just 10 minutes each night. Set a timer on your phone and read until the timer goes off. It's that simple.
Start today. Not Monday. Not this weekend. Not when you have time. TODAY. Find a book, set a timer, and read.
If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Maybe even let me know what your all-time favorite book is in the comments below!