Ever here of Bibliotherapy? It's not complicated, keep reading to find out more.
Yes, we all have a lot to read, with email and other stuff your boss sends you. Reading books can bring on some much needed relaxation and self indulgent time. Scheduling yourself regular reading time can actually reap health benefits and stimulate the feel good hormones in your brain.
Books take you on new roads to recovery and they may even change your outlook. Literally, the world is at your finger tips, pardon the cliche. Nobody is suggesting that reading should take the place of other therapy but it might add to your sense of well being. No matter how busy I am, books create the solitude I crave everyday.
What is Bibliotherapy?
You don't need anyone but yourself to do this one. Reading books have been used to treat everything from panic disorders to bulimia, says Jacqueline Stanley. She teaches reading to heal workshops, and is a researcher and writer. She does advocate that you should seek professional guidance on what books you should be reading and what books you might avoid. If you don't like groups, you can go solo.
Check out booksastherapy.com. They believe that people read in order to live better lives.
Bibliotherapy can help you develop a greater understanding of yourself, or it can focus your life away from your own stuff. Reading fiction can introduce you to people that have parallels to your own life, besides...it's fun to create your own imaginative world.
What the research says
Black Morrison, professor of creative and live writing shows how reading can alleviate pain and mental stress. The professor is from the University of London and reports some research benefits. They advocate shared groups as therapy. The Guardian.com is a great place to learn about this. Sorry, the links are much too long to type in!
What should you read?
Ask professionals or somebody who is well read. It's recommended that you develop a regular reading routine. It's worth it, you are important. You can accomplish more in your life and develop greater insight in to human nature. Find something about whatever issues you are dealing with.
Reading fiction is helpful for escape and diversion for anyone. If you get tired quickly, it's normal if you haven't been doing this for a while. Maybe it's time to invest in that pair of reading glasses. When I first started University, it took up to 5 months to adjust; I was exhausted all the time, at first. Exercise for your brain is no different than exercise for you body. It takes time. You can start with an hour, or half hour a day.
Bibliotherapy helps you discover things about yourself and others, that you may not ever have known. You may need help with managing money or have relationships issues.
"Books are silent counselors." (unknown).
I know fiction gets a bad rap from some people. The thing is, fictional characters are based on some real life characters. Often we can connect with their difficulties. I think this is why people go to book clubs. It helps them focus on other things in life. Appreciating literature isn't a bad thing either.
Set goals with Goodreads. You can post reviews online for others to see.
Reading to Heal with Jaqueline stanley.
Creative writing and content writer writing about Health and Wellness.