๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“šโšกThis weekโ€™s challenge will take just a few minutes a day and will make a surprising difference in how you feel!
๐Ÿ“• Your challenge: Find a book youโ€™ve been meaning to read (or finish!) and carve out time to read 10 pages a day (or for at least 6 minutes).
๐Ÿ‘“ Reading is so good for you on so many levels.
๐Ÿ’กIt can help you live longer. One study found that people who read regularly were 20% less likely to have died over the course of a 12-year span. (crazy, right!?)
๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€ As little as 6 minutes of reading works on the brain to help cut stress by up to 68%, according to a neuropsychologist.
Experts think this is because your mind has to focus on what youโ€™re reading, blocking out other thoughts and distractions โ€ฆ and that slows your heart rate AND reduces muscle tension.
๐Ÿ˜ It helps battle depression and anxiety.
๐Ÿ“˜ It can help maintain brain function as you age AND reduce the risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimerโ€™s.
๐Ÿ“— Another study showed that reading a novel caused changes in the area of our brain having to do with cognitive development, opening up new pathways and connections.
Not only that, but reading a novel can help you take a virtual vacation, and can also help you learn new things and open your mind to new thoughts and ideas!
๐Ÿ›Œ Hereโ€™s a sleep-saving tip: if you read at night and you normally have trouble falling asleep, reading a โ€œrealโ€ book vs. a book on a tablet might help. The light emitted from a screen can make it hard to fall asleep and/or stay asleep.
๐Ÿ“š Are you in? Let us know in the comments โ€ฆ and also let us know what youโ€™re reading!