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Read for Leisure and Read for Your Mental Health

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Author: 
Kendra Moffett
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Autumn can be a wonderfully relaxing time of the year, with the weather cooling off, and new festive activities becoming more and more abundant. Although for many college students, when the foliage starts to change, so does the pace of schoolwork. And fall is always a time for exams, which can be taxing on your mental health. It is also a time of increased risk of sickness as cold and flu season encroaches.

However, one great way to distress, unwind, and protect your mental health is to pick up a good book and read it for leisure. According to Crystal Welch from Livestrong, “Leisure provides many benefits, both physically and mentally, and plays a crucial role in living a balanced life. 

Reading for fun can be a great way to distress and unwind from a hectic day. It also can help inspire creativity, which is a great way to exercise your mind in a fun and carefree way. Reading before bed may also help you fall asleep faster, which can lead to longer and deeper sleeps which is also great for your mental and physical health. 

Amazon Kindles are a great purchase to make for the frugal college student, as ebooks are much less expensive than paperback and hardcover book sold in stores. E-readers are also much lighter and easier to travel with.

In these stressful times, always remember- a great way to escape for a little while is to enter the world of a great novel. Make sure you schedule in time for leisure in your life and protect your mental health.

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