Finding more time to read
Previously we've written about the great effects reading can have on your wellbeing - it can help reduce stress as well as help prevent cognitive decline in later life, not to mention reading has been linked to greater intelligence. Now you know why you should be reading, but of course there's the question of when you'll actually have time to do it. If you lead a busy life it might be tricky to find a spare few minutes to crack open a book, so we've got a few great suggestions to help you squeeze in a chapter or two. Read on:
At the gym
If you favour stationary machines at the gym, like the cross trainer, treadmill or bicycle then this is a great opportunity to plunk a book in front of you. Not only will you get to enjoy a great story while getting your heart rate going, but it might even help you pass the time quicker! You might cover five miles without even realising it!
Instead of winding down before by bed scrolling through your phone, put your device aside and pick up a book. As we mentioned previously, reading can help reduce stress, so it's not a long shot to assume that reading will help calm your mind before you try to sleep. Also, reading a book instead of keeping your eyes glued to the screen of your phone will help you sleep better overall, as studies have shown that looking at a screen before bed can worsen your sleep.
On your lunch break
Taking a proper lunch break during your working day has been shown to boost productivity, and contribute to better health. And we think reading is a great activity to partake in whilst on your break. Reading a book is a low cost way to entertain yourself - after all if you don't want to pay full price for a new book, you can always visit the library or pick up a used one at your local charity shop! And on top of being entertained, if you're having a stressful day at work, reading a few pages might just make you a bit less stressed before heading back in.
During your commute
Obviously we're not recommending reading while walking or driving, but if you partake in public transport, passing the time with a book is a great option. It'll give you something to do during your ride and sharpen your brain for the day ahead!
While waiting for meetings or appointments
If you keep a book on you at all times then it's easy to grab when the moment calls for it. If you find yourself sitting in your GP's waiting room for a chunk of time, or even hanging out in your car waiting for the kids to get out of school, then you've got a great way to pass the time and engage your mind! Find a book too heavy to lug around? Why not try buying an ebook reader like the Kindle or Kobo. Light and slim, these devices don't take up much space but are super convenient when the time calls for them.