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Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation


More on the benefits of reading in this article from the Telegraph in the UK,
Reading can help reduce stress.
According to researchers at the University of Sussex, reading is the best way to relax, working better and faster than other relaxations methods such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea. And reading for just six minutes a day can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds.

The research was carried out on a group of volunteers who had their stress levels and heart rates elevated by performing a number of tests and exercises. Then they were tested with a variety of traditional methods of relaxation. Reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68%, listening to music reduced stress levels by 61%, a cuppa by 54% and going for a walk by 42%. Playing video games reduced stress levels by 21% but left the volunteers with heart rates above their starting point.

Cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis, who conducted the research, said: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation“.

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 a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination”.

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