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I say this from experience.
Reading is one of the most effective home-based therapies for mental well-being.
While serious mental health issues may require medical intervention and counselling, other concerns like stress, burnout, worry and anxiety that we often experience in our day-to-day lives can be managed—and even overcome—by reading books, and especially inspirational books, stories and essays.
Personally, I find spiritual literature extremely uplifting—it does these four things, often within minutes after I start reading.
It elevates my mood
Soothes the mind
Makes me emotionally resilient, and
Fills me with a sense of calm.
Reading the good stuff makes me feel good about myself, my environment and my ability to make it through the passing storms of life, even though more often than not those storms are little more than blips on the radar or minor interruptions.
This is not to say I don't read other books, like the mysteries, thrillers and westerns I'm fond of. It's only that, whenever I feel a bit down in the dumps, I know I can dive into books that fill me with a positive energy and make me happy. They're always on standby.
Does reading help improve your state of mind?
What kind of books do you read for inspiration and mental wellness?