Reading can help reduce stress.
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”.