Updated: Mar 3, 2022
There is something relaxing about simply holding a book and realizing the portal to another world lies within its pages. When I was a youth and unable to physically leave behind my abusive family, I would escape into a book and discover what other families looked like.
I realized that I could create my own world and life when I became an adult, and overall I am happy with the life I am now living. My life is not perfect, just as the lives I visited in books were not perfect, but I have the opportunity in each moment to choose better. I get to re-write my narrative just as I would while falling to sleep after finishing a book.
I discovered some things that made me a lifelong book reader:
Creatures that don't exist
How to help myself
Healing from trauma
How to quiet my mind
Learning about topics I choose
Increased reading level
Deepening my values
What types of books do I read?
I try to read a self help and nonfiction (educational) book once a month and finish a fiction book every two weeks. I tend to take longer on self help books and nonfiction books because I want time to process, question and research what I am reading. I get lost in fiction books, so I finish those faster.
I pick a new topic for my monthly reads based off recommendations or what I feel I need to learn to better myself. I will read almost anything with dragons and a lot of magic books. I discovered historical fiction books a couple of years ago and find myself going back for more.
Is reading the same as listening?
Data suggests different parts of the brain are activated when reading compared to listening to audiobooks. The real difference is if and when reading vs listening is better for you. You are the best judge of your time and comprehension.
I have times when reading is better and listening is better. It depends on the content and my schedule. I also spend my mental health time listening to podcasts. Here are ones we recommend.
Do you have mental health book recommendations?
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