Can Reading Reduce Stress?

I always noticed how simply reading a book could calm me down. Reading changes so many people’s lives, but what if I told you that it also relieves stress? More and more studies are beginning to show how reading can help improve health for both children and adults.

How stress affects health


Stress affects health in numerous different ways. It can lead to heart problems, anxiety, high blood pressure, mental health problems, and much more. Well-being is something that should be taken care of and many are trying to find a way to control and reduce the strains on health as much as possible. One of the best ways to control and reduce stress is reading. Simply opening a book and reading can change your mind and stress levels for the better.

reading reduces stress

Reading improves health


Reading is found to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduce stress to significant degrees. According to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex, stress is reduced up to 68% just by reading! Only six minutes of reading can slow down the heart rate and improve overall health! It calms the mind and relaxes the body. This will not only help prevent potential conditions caused by stress, but will also set a person up with a clearer mind.

Reading also helps the mind engage with imagination and creativity. For both the young and old, reading strengthens vocabulary and helps with focus. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world has access to books. Even worse, many cannot even read one single word and do not have the support or resources to learn to read.

For a brighter future!


Illiteracy rates are still high, but this can change! The World Literacy Foundation provides help and support for those that cannot read and do not have access to books. They lift those through the power of literacy and education! Together, we can all make a difference to improve the wellbeing and future for many generations to come. 

By: Alexandra Akinchina