Hi guys, I hope you are all well! In today’s post I will be discussing a reading challenge I will be starting today. It is one of my new year’s resolutions to read at least three times a week. I should add that I do read every day (due to the job I have and my degree I am studying for, but I have set this goal aiming to read as a leisure activity rather than a necessity for work or uni.
The challenge is simple – it is to read at least 20 minutes a day before I go to sleep. I really struggle switching off (both my mind and my phone) at night and I’m hoping this will help to settle my mind so I can drift off into the land of slumber! I will of course be sharing the results of this challenge, how I felt and how well I stuck to it.
In deciding I wanted to pick this challenge for myself I have been researching the benefits of daily reading. They are fascinating, so I thought I would share them with you now!
- Stress reduction – being able to transport yourself to fictional worlds and characters provides escapism from your day to day life, keeping you in the present and not worrying about the past or future
- Improved focus and concentration – as I have grown up, due to the increasing popularity of Twitter and Facebook I have gotten used to reading bite-size chunks of information rather than absorbing a lot of information at once. If I don’t change this soon, my focus and concentration will slowly dwindle and I won’t be able to focus on any task!
- Better writing skills – it is one of my new year’s resolutions to come up with an idea for a book. It is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I consider myself a very un-creative person who really struggles to come up with new ideas. By reading more, it will allow me to find my writing style and maybe come up with an idea for my own piece!
- Mental stimulation – the brain is a muscle, and needs to be used to keep it from wasting away! By following characters and plots, your memory can be improved, which comes with its own benefits!
Do you have any similar challenges for yourself? Do you already read daily? Are there any other benefits you can think of that aren’t on this list!