Stressed? Grab a book

April 5, 2009

For some light Sunday fodder, I thought a good stress-busting tip was in order. After a full week of work, travel and schedule juggling, Sundays are indeed a day of rest.

booksCan’t relax? Grab a good read.

According to a recent study at the University of Sussex, even six minutes of reading can alleviate your stress levels by 68%. The Telegraph reports:

Listening to music reduced [stress] levels by 61 per cent, have a cup of tea or coffee lowered them by 54 per cent and taking a walk by 42 per cent.

What to do when you can’t unwind? Take a brisk walk, then grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and read a book. You’ll feel your pulse return to its resting rate, stress hormones will evaporate and you will escape to a new frontier, all from the comfort of your own home.

One Response to “Stressed? Grab a book”

  1. Willow Drinkwater Says:

    I just finished a wonderful book that did just that for me, “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” I didn’t want it to end. It was beautifully written, and I have a whole new relationship to my dogs out of it. Thanks for the perspective you give to me.


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