Reading is a proven stress reducer, but our day-to-day “required” reading might be causing more pain than pleasure.
It may seem counterintuitive for journalists to put down the paper, turn off social media or ignore email — all required reading to get the job done (or get ahead). But escaping into other forms of reading can be a healthy way to temporarily evade stress and stop “doomscrolling”.
Studies show that just six minutes of reading can help slow the heart rate and reduce muscle tension — a good reason to start that new thriller, dive into narrative nonfiction, or thumb through your cookbook collection.
If you want to ramp up the self-care factor, try these seven quick reads to help you look inward.