Here is a quote in regard to reading and stress relief that I found online…..
For me, reading is a distraction. It takes me to a new place and different time. Reading distracts me from the things that cause anxiety in my life. Because of this diversion, I can relax and step away from the fear and uncertainty of my life if only for a moment.
Before my husband left me, I loved to read. I would have two or three books on my nightstand that I would be in the process of reading. I was in book clubs and loved to spend my evenings with my nose in a good book. It is interesting that at the beginning of my despair of an unwanted separation and divorce I could not read. The emotional pain and unsettling of my situation were all-encompassing, and I could not escape that pull of dread. It has been just over four years now and slowly over the years, I have redeveloped my love of reading. Initially, I had to force myself to read, and many times I would find myself just staring at the pages with no recollection of what I had read. Now I love to go to bed at night. I look forward to entering the exciting world of the written word.
If you have stress in your life as most of us do in some form or another, I suggest you give reading a try. Carry a book with you and at that moment that you feel overwhelmed and you need just a short break read a chapter or two. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from our reality if only for a moment, and when we resurface from our diversion, we can face life with a less stressful mind.