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Why Reading Books Improved My Quality of Life

Back to the days when computers and the internet are for the privileged, we would merely rely on books for assignments, references and research studies. Raised with a family of teachers, I find myself lucky growing up because we have lots of books around the house. Talk about encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and textbooks. We all have it at home.

Looking back, I always thought that my love for books emerged when I was still young. I don’t read them though, but I would browse every page and look through the images only. I am fascinated and would dream about it. As a child, I expanded my imagination through books. As time goes by, I’d started to read them. I am captivated with fairy tales, and it was that inspired my love of magic and happily ever after.

During my elementary years, I would visit the local library and would borrow books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Heidi or any books that interest me.

However, honestly, I never got to finish every book I borrowed. Just the thought of holding a book or keeping it beside my bed delights me.

My love for reading grew when I reached high school. Book reports are my favorite, its tedious but it always gives me a sense of fulfillment every time I finished a book.

Ever since I knew that I like to read, but I didn’t become a real book worm until I became a mother, before I can only read one book a year, then I started to read again in the year when I began to work at home.
It happened on a random day where despite the overflowing household chores and work commitments, I have decided to pause and pick up a good book while my eldest daughter was taking her afternoon nap. It went on the next day, and the day after that I make sure to dedicate at least 15 to 30 minutes a day to reading.

Reading Helped Me Improved My Daily Living

As a work at home mom, things could be very daunting. There were days where I wish it never happened. I would worry too much and end up tired but doing nothing at all.

Small things could easily upset me, and I would always complain about the situation I am in. 

Every day is a struggle, and I am exhausted and stressed. It is through reading that calmed me down, and it helped me reduce my stress.

The year 2017, I challenged myself to read at least 6 books but ended up with 12 books the entire year. Then last year, the year 2018, I read 20 books of my goal of 15. This year 2019? I challenged myself to read 30 books, and I’m already done with 9 so far.

If you are a certified bibliophile, I know 30 is way too low. I even have a mom friend who can read over 100 books a year! Insane right!

However, for a work-at-home mom like me who’s been trying to rekindle my love for books, 30 is quite a number. Moreover, I’d love to exceed my goal again this year.

 

 

I noticed that each time I read a book, I am more relaxed and organized. Even my husband took notice of it. I didn’t realize that reading made a significant impact on my life until reading became a habit of mine.

By simply opening a book, it distracts me from the daily stressors of life. It helped me sleep better and gained more focus. I would always look forward to reading more books every time I finish one.

As time goes by and the kids are rapidly growing, things started to change. I could no longer trace how it happened so fast, but one thing is for sure, it is through reading that made me become a better person.

A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea. This is because our mind is invited into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague our daily lives.

Reading for Stress Relief | Taking Charge of Your Health .... https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/reading-stress-relief

On this page, my goal is to encourage everyone to read and discover how FUN reading can be. How it helped me improved my state of mind and daily living. I will share reviews of my favorite books for different ages and how I incorporate reading into our family life.

Do you love reading too? Any book recommendations? I would like to hear from you.

I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!

Thank you for reading and please drop by again. Let’s stay connected. You can contact me via this page or shoot me an email at keepthrivingmommy@gmail.com . Please don’t forget to like Keep Thriving Mommy on Facebook or follow me on Instagram for updates.

Keep Thriving Mommy

Emyrie Martinez

I am a full-time work-at-home mom, married to the love of my life, and loving mommy to my two amazing little girls.

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6 COMMENTS

  • Mary Ivy

    Love this Ems! Now that I am also a Mom, I find it hard to find time to pick a book. You know I feel guilty that I couldn’t even finish a single book in a year. This gives me the push to reconnect with the joy of leafing through every page and ooh how I miss the smell!
    I will set a personal goal this year, thanks to you!
    Keep this coming Ems, I love your blogs 😊

    • Keep Thriving Mommy
      AUTHOR

      Hi Ivy,

      I’m so glad you loved it! 🙂 Yup, yup! Set your reading goal this year. I also thought I’d never find time reading especially with my hands always full of responsibilities. But you really have to set aside time even if it’s just 10 – 15 minutes a day. 🙂 Keep me posted! I’d like to know your reading list! 😉

  • Kath

    Hi mare! Nice article! And i truly agree with you, reading also helps me relieve stress, hence, im more relaxed afterwards. I hope we could instill in our kids our love of reading. I hope we could build our dream library at home! Keep thriving Mommy!

    P.S. Am i the one you are referring to who could read more than a hundred books a year? If yes, thank you for the mention. Hahaha.

    • Keep Thriving Mommy
      AUTHOR

      Hello Mare,

      Thank you so much! 🙂 Yes, mare! It’s our dream, right? I know you’re already close to that. As for me, I can settle for a mini reading nook for now. haha! 😀

      And yes! that’s you! I wish I could read as many books as you do. 🙂

      Keep Thriving! 🙂

  • EJ

    Yaba, I am so proud of you! ❤ i remember our younger years, the books we have at home.
    Keep it up!
    Keep writing/reading.

    • Keep Thriving Mommy
      AUTHOR

      Thank you so much Ate! :* The last time we went home, the books we had when we’re still kids are still there. Belle and Bree enjoyed browsing them from time to time. hehe 🙂

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