Anyone who knows me will know that I love to read. Nothing quite beats snuggling down under a duvet after a long day , with a good book in hand and getting lost in the story.
For me, reading is my way of relaxing, winding down after a busy day of being a mummy. My time to switch off the worries and stresses of the day and just focus on one thing …. the black and white print on the pages in front of me.
Ever since I was a child I have always loved to read, I remember lying in my room surrounded by the full collection of R.L.STINE’S Goosebumps, Infact I still remember the stories today! As I have grown, my love for books has stayed with me and I’ve gone on to read all kinds of books from all kinds of authors. My favourites being cutesy romance style stories, Yes I’m a sucker for a happy ending, but then just lately I have also found myself enjoying the anticipation from the storyline of a good thriller… (Maybe this is my inner child crying out for more copies of Goosebumps)
So whats not to love about reading?
As soon as were able to talk we are able to read, its a life skill most of us are taught from a very early age. A skill each and every one of use daily without question. As we sit down with our morning cuppa, we read the latest headlines in the paper, as we tuck our children into bed at night we read them their favourite bedtime stories, and as you sat here reading my blog right now, you are using this skill …….Reading is a gift you can use again and again.
Reading is not only relaxing but its also exercise for the mind ….. I mean seriously …… who doesn’t like the sound of being able to exercise while staying snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket & a hot chocolate. Brain exercise is still exercise right?? 😉
With todays technology you can read pretty much anytime anywhere , with the use of Kindles or Ibooks, you can take your favourite character alongside you on your day to day lifestyle …. checking into the next chapter during your 30min lunch break.
But personally I prefer a good old fashioned paper back. No technical device can compare to the smell an feel of a new book and lets face it ….. a book never runs out of batteries!
From the moment we open a book … we allow ourselves to escape the hustle and bustle of our own busy lives and sink into a world where our imagination portrays what we see written on the pages ….. no book is the same to two people …. as no two imaginations are the same.
So stop what your doing (after reading this post of course). Pop the kettle on and go grab a book. Whether it be your old favourite, with pages all crumpled as you’ve read it a thousand times, or a crisp, fresh book with a brand new story just waiting for you become fixated. Open the page, Begin the chapter, Allow yourself some “me time” because remember ….. Sometimes Reading can be all the therapy you need.