“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all need a much needed escape from reality right now so why not use the gloomy and cold wintery days to curl up on the couch with a good book.
Reading helps relax the body by lowering the heart rate and easing tension in your muscles. Not to mention, it helps transport us to an alternate world for a temporary time making us forget about everything that is going on. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading reduces stress by up to 68%, which is a more effective method for reducing stress compared to listening to music or doing art.
With endless options, stay at home orders, and cold weather, why not pass the time with a good book or two. For the ultimate cozy experience, grab a blanket, make a warm beverage, and light a candle.
Comment below with your book recommendations.