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  • Writer's pictureValerie Petry

What Reading Can Do For You

One of the things I have gotten back to as a way to boost my self-care routine is getting back to reading and cutting back on screen time. I'm already in front of two screens 8hrs of the day. Sometimes I'm watching a series or something at the same time for background noise. Then when it's time for me to prepare for bed, my brain is not ready to shut down. Reading offers a multitude of benefits, both cognitively and emotionally. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Mental Stimulation: Reading engages your brain, keeping it active and sharp. It helps improve cognitive function and can even stave off cognitive decline as you age.

  • Knowledge Expansion: Reading exposes you to a wide range of ideas, information, and perspectives. Whether you're reading fiction or non-fiction, you're constantly learning and expanding your understanding of the world.

  • Vocabulary Expansion: Reading regularly exposes you to new words and phrases, which naturally expands your vocabulary. This can be immensely beneficial in both personal and professional contexts.

  • Improved Focus and Concentration: In a world filled with distractions, reading requires sustained attention and focus. Regular reading can help improve your ability to concentrate for longer periods.

  • Enhanced Analytical Thinking: Reading often requires you to analyze, interpret, and evaluate information. This process can sharpen your critical thinking skills and enhance your ability to solve problems.

  • Stress Reduction: Reading can be a form of escapism, allowing you to immerse yourself in a different world and temporarily forget about your worries. It can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  • Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Fiction, in particular, allows you to step into the shoes of characters from different backgrounds and experiences. This can foster empathy and improve your emotional intelligence by helping you understand the emotions and motivations of others.

  • Improved Writing Skills: Exposure to well-written prose can improve your own writing skills. You unconsciously absorb elements of style, syntax, and storytelling techniques that you can incorporate into your own writing.

  • Memory Improvement: Reading exercises your brain's memory muscles as you try to remember characters, plot details, and other information from the text. This can help improve your overall memory capacity.

  • Increased Cultural Understanding: Reading exposes you to different cultures, traditions, and perspectives from around the world. This can broaden your understanding of diversity and promote cross-cultural awareness.

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Overall, reading is a highly beneficial activity that not only enriches your life but also improves your cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, and social interactions. Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, finding time to read regularly can have profound positive effects on your life.

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