Reading — you either love it or you think you hate it. Sometimes, the hard part is simply sitting down + committing to a book — whatever’s stopping you, know that there’s no better time than right now.
There are so many scientific + holistic benefits to finally reading that book. Here are a few reasons to get your nose buried in a book [or Kindle ; )] —
1] EXPANDS YOUR KNOWLEDGE
The more you read, the more you know — exposing yourself to what a book can give you will expand your horizons + provide you with a wealth of knowledge that you cannot find anywhere else. Reading skills improve your overall intelligence, introducing you to vocabulary you can’t usually gather from scrolling through Twitter or watching Netflix, which can then increase your writing skills. With reading, you can be introduced to worlds you’d never see — any of your favorite novels are always giving you something you’re otherwise not exposed to. Travel, fantasy, historical, romance, self-help — each genre of books gives the reader new + different perspectives.
2] GIVES YOU A BRAIN BOOST
Not to sound like a broken record — but your brain really does get a great workout when you read. You’ll have a better memory + your mind will stay sharper longer into old age. This means reading helps fight diseases like Alzheimer’s, making it another great way to work on your mental health.
3] HELPS YOU RELAX
Nothing like diving into a good book to help you relax, right? It doesn’t necessarily matter what book you read — when you engross yourself into a story or article you’re interested in, your worries fade away by reduce stress. Reading gives you a break from the hustle + bustle of everyday life — squeeze it into your daily ritual of taking a second for mindfulness + stillness.
4] ALLOWS FOR BETTER SLEEP
Reading before bed signals your body that it is time to sleep soon, in addition to helping you relax. Ditching your bright phone screen for a book is beneficial too — screens can actually hurt your sleep or keep you awake longer. If you still need something to help you settle in before bed, swap playing a game on your phone for a novel + experience better sleep [+ maybe better dreams : )]!
5] MAY NOT BE EASY…
Another benefit of reading is also a reader’s biggest challenge — focus + concentration. Reading challenges you to take that step to leaving your world for another. In doing so, you’re working on your concentration skills, because you’re having to concentrate on one thing — your book — without letting in outside distractions. It’s allllll about being present, bebe!
Do something today you’ll thank yourself for tomorrow [or when you’re older ; )] — pick up that book! Check out some of our recommendations + tag us @chaarg to let us know what you’re reading right now.
+Abigail [@abigail.inchaarg] // UK CHAARG