There’s no better feeling than becoming absorbed in a new book. There’s the anticipation when you open up to the first chapter, the excitement + emotion as you follow the story along, ++ the satisfaction you feel when you’ve finished. Whether you’re starting your spring semester of college, or you’re diving into a job or internship, it’s important to remember to give yourself a break as your busy schedule starts to pick up. Even though it might seem like you have no time to read between your responsibilities, setting aside time to read can help give your mind + body the break it needs [+ deserves! ; ) ].
Actress + Youtube star Felicia Day wrote a memoir about how her quirky + unusual upbringing brought her to the career she has now. She overcame depression // anxiety, ++ dared to pursue her passions, turning them into a successful career. Even if you’re not familiar with her, her writing is so funny + real that you can’t help but laugh along as she tells you her story. Bonus — laughing = more endorphins! : )
The best kind of books to free your mind from any stress + negative thoughts are the kind that you can speed through + have you gripped from the first page. Paula Hawkins’s novel is like spin class — it’ll have your heart pumpin’ from beginning to end!
Even if you’re not religious, this book can definitely help you go into *zen mode.* There are plenty of lessons we can learn from this adorable little bear, especially to cultivate meaningful relationships, think positively, enjoy life, + simply be in each moment.
Thoreau recounts the time he lived in the secluded woods + how it became a journey of self-discovery. Living in the woods might not be for everyone, but the vivid nature scenes + descriptions are sure to calm your mind when you need an escape. Especially for those who are interested in meditation + self-reflection, this book’s perfect to read when you need a break.
Also known for their podcast + blog, *The Minimalists* share how they gave up their lives in the corporate world for a life of minimalism. Even if you’re not looking to entirely become a minimalist [because twenty pairs of workout leggings is soooo not enough ; ) ], they offer plenty of words of wisdom about finding value in our lives + cleaning out the clutter.
Finding a break in our busy lives can be hard, even if a break is what we need most. Taking time to read a book — even if it’s only a chapter before you go to bed — can help you relax your mind + not think about what’s bothering you or stressing you out. Reading also expands your knowledge, which is always a good thing to do to keep our brains sharp + alive. So the next time you’re feeling overworked, pick up a book + de-stress. : )
++Ashleigh Monaco [ashvm_inchaarg] // University of Iowa