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Why Reading is Good for Your Mental Health

How often do you read books?

Not only is reading a great way to stay entertained while you are socially distancing, but studies have shown that reading is a great way to improve one's overall mental health.

Here are some of the many benefits of reading:

1. Helps you find connection:

Research suggests that developing a relationship with fictional characters allows you to better understand the human experience. This helps you expand upon the ways in which you relate to people in real life.

2. Reading strengthens your brain:

A growing body of research indicates that reading literally changes your mind.

3. Helps alleviate depression symptoms:

People with depression often feel isolated and estranged from everyone else. And that’s a feeling books can sometimes lessen.

4. Reading helps improve your empathy:

Reading literary fiction can increase one’s understanding of others and improve relationships.

Bibliotherapy is a form of therapy that utilizes books and literature, alongside other treatment methods, to support mental health.

It can help broaden perspectives, shed light on your own past and symptoms, and boost self-esteem, empathy, contentment, and more!

Here's this month's Mental Health Bookshelf:

We hope you find this helpful, wherever you are in your journey.

At Wellnite, we share free resources on tips for dealing with stress, anxiety, irrational thoughts in our blog. Additionally, we share tips and tools to help you maintain your mental health.

To check them out, click here to check out our latest blog posts.

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