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Can Reading Help You Overcome Anxiety?

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These are uncertain times we’re living, hence the increase of stress and anxiety levels in most people. I personally deal with a lot of anxiety. I can totally understand how the actual circumstances can make you feel this way.

What is an anxiety disorder?

According to WebMD An anxiety disorder is a “group of mental illnesses where fear and worry are a constant in people’s lives. This can be totally disabling but can be controlled under a suitable treatment.

You can be medicated to control your anxiety since it can cause panic attacks that’ll make you feel like you’re on the verge of death. However, therapy can also be an option. I’m not exactly a fan of prescription drugs, but I understand they’re sometimes necessary.

On the other hand, many people consider that reading can actually help you deal with this disorder because of the following reasons:

Reading can help you relax

One of the main causes of anxiety is stress, and this can cause high blood pressure and increased heart rate. Since reading can help you relax, your heart rate slows down and ease muscle tension.

You escape your reality for a little while

When you read, you’re privileged enough to pause your own life to live someone else’s. For instance, this whole situation with COVID-19 is driving everyone crazy with anxiety. Most people know for a fact that they’re gonna loose their jobs, if they don’t get sick. I believe it’s nice to escape at least for 5 minutes from the impotence and angst produced by this situation. It can also give you another perspective on how to deal with problems of this manner.

It can readjust your brain to be more compassionate towards yourself

I’m known for putting too much pressure on myself. Since this habit increases your capacity of empathy towards others, why not apply towards your life? I personally believe this immensely helps me cope with self loathing when I don’t achieve one of my goals. It also contributes on setting achievable short term goals rather than long term and avoid frustration in the process.

It makes you more humble

One of the benefits of reading is that you can work through your problems through someone else’s. You can see yourself in a character dealing with strong emotions and situations. I believe this also helps you change your point of view on a lot of things and make you more humble.


If your interested in reading more about the benefits of reading regarding Anxiety, I recommend 5 Ways Reading Can Help You Cope With Anxiety!

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