BOOKS AND ANXIETY
Have you ever noticed your grandparents talking? Always rambling about how they were always carrying digests and newspapers wherever they went? Their talks of the number of books and articles they used to read back in the day are never-ending. Reading has been used as an alternative to relieve anxiety since the beginning of times.
There is a whole novella named “The Uncommon Reader” based on how Queen Elizabeth II became obsessed with books and how it filled her life with purpose and peace. Stress and anxiety follow our lives inevitably, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter how unwelcome they are. You cannot just order them around to you leave your lives! People grappling with stress know how bleak it can make their lives and how crushing it is for the body and soul.
Side Effects of Stress
Panic attacks are the common side effects of stress if the condition worsens. A stress therapist will always recommend people struggling with anxiety a way to distract themselves from their looming thoughts. Especially thoughts that hold them back from being truly happy. If you are an avid book reader, today is your lucky day. You are up for an exciting new! Reading books, or reading in general is one of the most powerful tools to manage your stress levels. Reading stabilizes your heart and calms your body which has been hyper due to stress and tensions. This cools down the body. Anxiety is that ghost that follows you like a shadow, it tints any and every memory and occasion in your life. That can be really daunting.
BENEFITS OF READING
What reading does is it gives you a chance to live someone else’s life while you dump your troubles and worries down the drain, even if it is just for half an hour. It helps you break away from that evil cycle of pessimism that circles your brain and enter into a new universe. That gives your mind enough time to find firm ground and fuel up again. Instead of fretting over when and how COVID-19 will escape and what shape will it mold our worlds into. Take out a book and start reading. Your worrying will not save other lives but it can surely save yours. Books have a way of catching your sentiments because of how zoomed out other peoples’ lives are displayed.
This can help you relate with other peoples’ experiences and maybe find peace that someone understands your situation. Want to reduce your stress level by 60%? According to studies, you can achieve that by reading for only six minutes a day. That is even more than listening to music, going for a walk or drinking tea. Yeah, I know how unbelievable that is! I am not suggesting that you will cure your anxiety with reading or that you do not need a doctor. All I am saying is that it is a powerful coping mechanism that will lift you up a little every day you ready. Remember, baby steps!
MOOD AND MEMORY
Who, in their right minds, could ever imagine improving their memory through reading? But, it is true. It might seem like when you read, you are doing nothing more than picking up words from a page and understanding them. In reality, reading is a form of workout for the brain. Parts of the brain responsible for vision, language and associative learning team up to engage. This helps store memory for longer duration and improve your understanding skills. Reading can really dampen the rate of memory deterioration. Cognitive impairments can be delayed with the onset of reading. In other words, reading can lengthen your lifetime!
According to a research conducted by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, reading is found to decrease levels of beta-amyloid which is a brain protein responsible for Alzheimer’s. This is because reading keeps the brain active and flexible which is highly essential in retaining the memory and developing it. When you inculcate a reading before bed ritual in your lives, you train the brain to work to sleep peacefully once you have read. This improves your sleep cycle and you sleep uninterrupted, fresh and elated.
If you are suffering from anxiety, there is a high chance you will feel isolated and lonely. Reading makes you delve into the lives of others, automatically making you feel less depressed and lonely. A good book is always equal to a good day! Hormones like adrenaline are released when you read thrillers, that give you an instantaneous energy pump. Reading transforms you to a heavenly state which can induce pure pleasure. The smell of those freshly printed pages, the tingly feeling in your stomach as the scenes unfold and the satisfaction of having read yet another book is enough to bring a smile to that beautiful face!
With ample of time, while your social distance yourself at home, let me recommend you some top-notch books to read and make the most of your time. Instead of withering away with a blank mind stuffed with useless thoughts, check out these books and get hooked to reading.
FAVORITES OF THIS SEASON
THE PAGAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DIYNG
This book revolves around more than just paganism and it`s values and rituals. It aims to give deep insight of even the most sensitive and untouched topics like death. In addition, it also imparts guidance for the world we live in and gives deeper understanding of the process of death. The book makes a smooth entrance into the realm of death and how often we seem to forget the concept of death. This book wishes to prepare us for death and remind us that it is a part of our lives and extremely inevitable.
If you wish to seek comfort and feel like your soul is crushing due to the cloud of sorrow brought about by the pandemic of COVID-19, seek refuge in this book. It is best to read during this quarantine as it helps you reflect on your life and cherish it. Constantly reminding you how temporary and short life is. The book engages with its readers by overlapping life and death and making you appreciate your life by looking closer into death. In these perilous times, if you have lost a loved one or someone you know who is suffering, even if they are children, buy this book and give it a read. You sometimes find comfort in the most unexpected of places.
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THE BIG BOOK OF CUPCAKES
Don’t you see those Instagram and snapchat stories of people making mouthwatering desserts and wonder if you will ever be able to do that? I have you covered with this book. This book is a whole realm of cupcakes trapped in one single book. Make yourself useful and productive everyday by making cupcakes from scratch or with the Betty Crocker mix. The book has a range of 175 different cupcakes and step by step instructions on how to make them.
Master your creativity by designing cupcakes with this colorful book with illustrations for better understanding. The methods are so basic that your little ones can try them out too. Some of the kids’ favorites are Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Mocha Caramel Cappuccino Cupcakes, Puffer Fish Cupcakes, Monster Truck Cupcake Pull Apart and Campfire S’mores Cupcakes. Turn these depressing times to joy and make memories on birthdays and dinners with your family. Let this Betty Crocker book may your days a little bearable.
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THE FACEBOOK MARKETING BOOK
This book gives you the opportunity to explore Facebook and its wide range of features so that you can communicate your brand, product or service to a world full of 500 million Facebook users. Expand your reach to the world with this extraordinary book that will help you sell your name worldwide with just a few clicks. This single app is way more successful for your business than any other traditional means of marketing your work.
Build a page, a brand or a product with this book and build contacts. Get a detailed manual with bright illustrations to learn how to make profiles, groups, advertisements and events. Be aware of marketing and social networking methods being used in the world, apply them and get feedback on your performance through key performance indicators on Facebook. Make your life easy and reach out to the world! This quarantine is a golden time for you to expand that business, or give attention to that startup or market your products through social media.
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THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF YOGA
This one is a bestseller from 1960 and features Hatha yoga, a rather new type of yoga into the world. It also mentions the philosophy of yoga with its true essence. It is exactly the same, or probably better, than the expensive yoga clubs you join to keep fit and toned. Furthermore, It sets the basis of a program for people of all levels and ages with special details on relaxation, diet plans, breathing patterns, yoga postures and its psychological effects.
This book contributed to the inclusion of Surya Namaskar, also referred to as the salute to the sun, into yoga practices all over the world. Be a regular yoga practitioner in the light of this book which gives you golden steps to remember all your life. Staying at home during quarantine has made us all sluggish and we keep munching 24/7. Our bodies are losing their shapes. Try these yoga techniques with this book and get a hold of your fitness. Relax your mind and body with yoga and live wonderful and fresh days.
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THE BIG, FUN, SEXY SEX BOOK
In this fast paced world, we are all tied up in work, chores or hefty responsibilities. Our sex lives have trickled down the drain and sex after having kids has become a strange concept. This quarantine has given to you the time to build up those dry relationships with your partners. This book is all you need to lubricate that rusty sex cycle of yours. With funny and excited tips and content, feel alive with your partners. Sex is the key to a perfect marriage, mind my words.
Get awesome wardrobe replacements and appear sexy and alluring for your partners. Dump those granny panties and plain pajamas with stockings and silk robes! Get the best counselling from a recognized sex advisor. Have sex that makes you see stars, even at daytime. Learn new sex positions this quarantine along with enhancing your foreplay through role play sexy moves. Haven’t had that climax in years? Now is your time to satisfy yourself and your partner. A mind blowing hand job along with the best oral sex are the book’s specialties. Make your husbands read it to make them last longer than ever. This one is a must have, I am not kidding!
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THE EVERYTHING ECONOMICS BOOK
With the corona virus pandemic and the crashing of economies all over the world, people going jobless, factories shutting down and businesses going bankrupt, this is the perfect time for you to read this book, This economics book will explain you in the easiest language the works of government in markets, unemployment, inflation, supply and demand and overall present global recession and its causes. The book will give you the intellect to understand current affairs and apply that knowledge to all aspects of your life, be it your business, the financing of your house or the simple possession of your personal assets in this time of havoc. Rather than visiting a financial advisor to assist you which direction to follow, determine your own direction through this amazing book.
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THE FASHION COLORING BOOK
Do not let your young ones bore away at home while their schools are off and they cannot hangout and play with their friends. The mind of a young child is prone to shutting off and catching rust when left empty and blank. Help your kids and siblings grow with this coloring book with a wide range of creative fashion designs. Coloring books can keep children occupied and tires them so they sleep well. Buy this one right now!
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THE SALES GURUS
This book is a compilation of the eighteen of the most inspiring and successful business stories. Increases your sales, despite the recession because of COVID-19 and be a top class business man with these aspiring tails. Polish your business skills and be superior in your field with this enlightening book. Let this Guru provide you with the stepping stones to success. Transform your average business to a high end one and enter the world of might. Gift this book to your managers this quarantine so that together, you can work towards experienced tactics and a modified outlook to your business.
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