Have you ever had the feeling of being caught in the action of a book? The pleasure of reading a good book and enjoying it offers you a great experience.
In addition, reading is more than just a way of relaxing and detaching yourself from the outside world; it is a method that helps you have a healthy mind.
In order to understand this better, let’s look at the following example. When you work out, you do certain exercises that help you stay in shape, develop muscles and burn fat. You know that working out brings short and long term benefits for your body. Also, while doing them, you focus on the exercises and on doing them properly.
Reading is the best workout your mind can have. You take care of your mind’s health while doing something that makes you happy. It is interesting to see that reading can bring the exact benefits for your mind.
Here are 5 ways reading can help you have a healthy mind.
1. Reading improves concentration
We live in a world where we are surrounded by distractions and our attention is split in several directions. While we are working on a project, we may check our social media statuses, chat with our some friends, listen to the latest songs of our favorite band and maybe grab a bite. Some people can hardly pay full attention to one task, which may lead to the increase of stress level and may lower their productivity.
When you read, you focus only on one thing. You are concentrated on the details of the story. How can you benefit more of reading? Before you start an activity that requires a great amount of attention (working at the office or for a school project), read for 15-20 minutes. It may help you stay more focused on what you have to do.
2. Reading improves your memory
When you are reading complex stories such as novels, you are surrounded by many details. Characters, plots, and subplots are just a few examples of the aspects you need to remember when you are trying to understand a story.
However, concentrating on these details can help you more than just understand the story. Research shows that the creation of a new memory determines the formation of new synapses (connections between neurons) and strengthens the already existing ones for short term memory.
3. Reading offers you mental stimulation
The brain is a muscle and like and like any muscle, it needs constant exercise. As mentioned above, reading is a great workout for your brain and it can help you bring it in the shape you want it to be. Also, keeping your brain active helps you prevent mental disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
4. Reading helps you develop strong analytical thinking skills
Whether you are reading a fictional novel or a book based on real life events, you need to pay attention to details that help you understand what is happening. Placing all the pieces of the puzzle together is not an easy task, but the results are really satisfying.
By reading, you can develop strong analytical thinking skills which can help you not only when you read the next crime novel, but also in your daily activities. You may understand better your work tasks and what you need to do to get the job done.
5. Reading reduces stress
Stress is an element that keeps coming in your way. At work, school or in your personal life, there are events that make you feel agitated and stressed. Detach yourself from them with a good reading. It may not be able to directly fix the problem, but it can help you take your mind off it for a little time.
After reading a good story, you feel calm and your mind is clear. You are able to think of great solutions that can solve the problems you are confronting with.
So when was the last time you read a book or a magazine?
When you are having a bad day, feel stressed and just want to relax, a good reading may help you disconnect from your daily routine. Reading is a great exercise that your mind needs and the benefits it brings you help you maintain a healthy mind.
Author Bio: Monica Mihu is a passionate blogger that promotes the healthy lifestyle and eco-friendly products. You can enjoy her passion for writing on GreenProduct.com blog.