One of the biggest struggles in dealing with chronic health issues is finding ways to relax. As a person with dystonia, I’m always looking for solutions to this problem. Among the habits I find most helpful is reading books. In fact, I know of many health benefits of reading.
It feeds your mind: Reading not only provides a way to focus on something other than your problem, but it can inform and entertain you. Depending on what you read, you can become smarter, more knowledgeable, and more inspired.
It refocuses your thoughts: Rather than dwelling on the things you can’t change, reading helps turn your attention to other, more productive things, depending on what you read. Even reading fiction can be productive, in the sense that fiction contains truths you won’t always find in mere facts.
It inspires you: Reading inspires your own thoughts. If you’re of a creative bent, it can inspire you to write your own stories. Even if you aren’t in a creative field as such, you can find creative solutions through reading. Often biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs will inspire, but even a fictional story can inspire one in many ways.
And if you’d like more reading on the topic, here are two great articles:
PS: Another thing I do to stretch my creative muscles is participate now and then in the Vimeo Weekend Challenge. This week’s challenge was to create a video of no more than eight seconds with “fall” as the theme. My video is called Fall for the Book, which is kind of a play on words. Here’s the video.
And here I am sharing a table at the “Fall for the Book Conference”, where I tried to
hawk flog sell my mystery novels! 🙂