Everyone has different ways of relaxing after a long, tiring week. For extroverts, it can be going out and catching up with friends or driving for a trip to Lehi. But for introverts, it means staying at home and pampering themselves with time with family or alone. They would be at ease with as simple as carpet cleaning. Another way for people, who prefer to stay at home, to maximize their time is reading.
The positive impact of reading
For many years, research has proven over and over again that reading is nothing but beneficial to one’s physical and mental well-being. In a 2013 research, reading has shown to strengthen the brain connectivity of a group of participants. They were analyzed through MRI scans. There are many more benefits of reading, including reduction of stress, widening of vocabulary, etc.
Reading is and should never be an exclusive activity. As much as possible, everyone is encouraged to read, be informed, and develop skills. If one hasn’t read a book in a long time or has the desire to start reading, the best way to do either of that is at home because there will always be reading materials available, especially books. But before getting into that, one must first ensure that the surroundings are apt reading because it’s more stressful if the environment is untidy. So, here are tips on making one’s home space comfortable for reading.
Organize reading materials
The first step is simple and that is to organize. Create a plan on where to separately put books, magazines, comics, or recipes. Once the plain is laid out, the actual work begins and that is organizing the reading materials in a manner that one will be motivated to pick it up and start reading. Some people prefer to organize by genre or by order.
Remove what is no longer needed
Following this, one must practice the art of decluttering. If one hasn’t read the materials for the last six months or more, he or she must let them go. Only keep reading materials that one actually finds interesting and contributes to his or her growth. But decluttering should not mean throwing them away. Rather, they should either be donated or used for art purposes.
Find a space where one will be focused to read
Lastly is finding the best space to read, which can be anywhere in the house as long as he or she will not be distracted. Now that one knows where to grab the reading materials, there must be a spot where he or she can read peacefully. It’s also important that when reading, there must be enough sunlight and the back must be well-supported.
Reading is one of the best exercises for the brain. But it’s difficult to read when the environment is stressful. Always make time to organize and tidy things up, especially at home, because it is the place where one will always be comfortable.