Did you know that over 40 million people in the United States are suffering from anxiety right now? It’s quite the number, considering the crushing pressure of anxiety. If you are a part of this statistic, then you now know that more people than you could have realized are suffering with trying to deal with the day-to-day grind of life. Anxiety has an odd power, one that can make you feel like you can’t do anything except to suppress a panic that threatens to engulf you. The good news is that there are a ton of things that you can do to distract yourself away from the anxiety, and one of those things is reading.
Stress often brings on anxiety, which can feel like a never-ending tunnel of darkness that can make you feel crippled. It can cause you to freeze in the ‘fight or flight’ response and you can end up very overwhelmed. Reading can remove you from your present situation and give you the chance to delve into a world of someone else’s creation. Books can solve many problems – self-help books, for example, can teach you how to deal with certain pieces of your life that are under a lot of stress. Have a read below of how your passion for reading can help you to chase off those anxieties that threaten to pull you under.
- Relaxes. Have you ever grabbed the latest Daniel Handler, curled up in a chair and sunk into another world? If you haven’t, then you need to do that right now. Reading lowers your heart rate and can help you to steady your breathing, which can often become rapid in the throes of an anxiety attack. Anxiety is all in the mind, but the brain is a powerful thing, where physical symptoms manifest quickly. Luckily, it won’t matter what genre that you want to read; anything from romance to horror can help you to relax.
- Escape. Anxiety sufferers know all about the suffocating pressure of their own mind. When you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack, all you want to do is run away and escape. Books give you the chance to escape, without having to go anywhere at all! You can’t possibly run from your problems and your anxiety, but you can get away – just for a little while.
- Perspective. Those who suffer from anxiety tend to create little visions of the scary things that they imagine will happen to them. Reading can pull you back into the present and give you some perspective on your situation. You can shift your thinking when you see a character in a story feeling the same way that you do, and you can easily identify with a character that way and see how things work out for them.
Reading isn’t just about expanding your knowledge and learning about alternate universes. You’re taking yourself out of your own imagination, and into someone else’s. It’s the tonic that you need to get your mind into a calm setting.