Brain Bulletin 111 - Doing This Simple Thing Can Lower Stress by 68%

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Want to feel calmer faster?

A University of Essex study* found that reading for just six minutes can reduce our stress levels by 68%.

Dr. Lewis, neuroscientist and lead researcher, states, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation."

He goes on to say, "This is particularly poignant in uncertain economic (and health/wellness) times when we are all craving a certain amount of escapism. It really doesn't matter what book you read. By losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world, and spend time exploring the domain of the author's imagination."

It was found that reading slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and calms our minds.

If you are a long time subscriber to the Brain Bulletin, you know that I love to read. I always feel invigorated and focused after a good session of reading and learning. I love both non-fiction, and novels.

On the other hand, when I spend a lot of time on devices scrolling news feeds, social media, etc., I often feel restless, and anxious. Reading seems to leave me feeling nourished, not drained. There's something about following a single story line, or topic that is calming.

Well-being is always important. Even more so in these challenging weeks. Simply opening a book can change our minds and stress levels for the better! If you are regular reader, now you have one more reason. If not, why not start with six minutes today? It might just become a lifelong habit.

* Lewis, D. (2009), Galaxy Stress Research. Mindlab International, Sussex University, UK.

And here's one more reason:

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