Lately, I’ve been trying to implement habits or routines that reinforce my goals and priorities. One of my favorite ways to escape is to read a novel. I love stepping into a new world via a book. It helps me relax, forget about the worries of the day, and slow down.
I’ve been working on a standardized to-do list for the things that need to be done every day. I spend so much time flitting from one chore to the next, and I often forget to complete the most important tasks I need to do to keep our house running. One of the components of that to-do list is to take time to read a novel.
If given the choice, I’ll almost always choose a non-fiction book over a fiction book. I love to learn about how to do new things, and I’ve always been a non-fiction junkie. But non-fiction tends to get my wheels turning. Reading non-fiction helps me to come up with new ideas, improve on things, and look at information in new ways. This is all wonderful, but what I really need is a chance to slow down. Reading a great fiction book helps me do that.
The Benefits of Reading Fiction
1. It gives you a break. In this day and age, we are constantly juggling messages, ideas, demands, and distractions. Having a chance to slow down and focus on something outside of ourselves is a relief. It’s a great way to give ourselves a break and rejuvenate.
2. It can make you more empathetic. Just through the practice of seeing the world through a character’s eyes, you can build up your ability to empathize with others.
3. It stimulates a different part of your brain. Reading fiction can help stimulate the right side of your brain, and help you be more creative and imaginative.
4. It might help you get better sleep. Reading before bed can help you slow down, and relax. This makes it easier for you to fall asleep. Of course, if you’re reading a real nail-biter, this would not work. Also, I recommend reading an actual book, or using a reading device that doesn’t light up. I’ve noticed that I stay up later if I’m reading from a computer or a backlit tablet.
5. Reading makes you a better writer. Reading helps to improve your vocabulary. It also helps you to become more familiar with correct grammar and structure. One of the best ways to improve your writing is to read.
6. Reading improves your brain function. Check out this article about how brain function is boosted for days after reading a novel.
Taking time to read each day is my “me” time. After I’ve spent some time reading quietly, I feel much more well-equipped to care for my kids, work, and be productive. I love the books that help me “escape.”
What you reading right now? Do you have any great fiction recommendations?
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