WELLNESS WEDNESDAY 11/01/2023

Reading is good for your Brain Health

WELLNESS

M | K

11/1/20232 min read

a tablet with the words mental health matters on it
a tablet with the words mental health matters on it

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN HEALTH

There's a famous saying that goes:

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Reading is essential for a healthy brain and overall wellbeing. It not only gives you the chance to explore new worlds and escape reality for a while but also stimulates your brain to keep it functioning efficiently.

Reading stimulates the brain. When you read a book, your brain gets an intense workout. It needs to work hard to decipher letters, make sense of sentences and visualize images described in the book. Your brain will form mental pictures of characters, places, and events as described in the story, which is not only enjoyable but also stimulates creativity and imagination. It’s like a mental workout that keeps the brain active and engaged, just like exercise is beneficial for the body.

Reading is also known to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Studies have shown that when we immerse ourselves in a book, our body relaxes and heart rate slows down. This has the same effect as meditation, where we enter a state of mindfulness and peacefulness, calming the mind. A healthy mind translates into a healthier body as stress and anxiety often have negative physical side effects.

Reading books can also have positive effects on your memory. It requires our brains to store and retrieve information. This not only improves our ability to retain information, but also slows down the aging process in our brains, reducing the risk of cognitive decline as we age. In fact, some studies suggest that regular reading can improve our memory function by as much as 32 percent!

Who would have thought that reading is a simple but incredibly beneficial activity? It is an enjoyable pastime, while contributing to our brain health.

a close up of a flower
a close up of a flower
the letters read read are made out of bookshelves
the letters read read are made out of bookshelves

READING = GOOD BRAIN HEALTH

So, pick up a book and get lost in the pages to stimulate your brain, and discover all the benefits reading can have on your everyday life.