Mini-vacations are one of the most popular ways to reduce ongoing stress, however, for many of us jetting off to a warm climate mini-vacation is not on “the to do list.” Stress usually increases right around Thanksgiving in America and skyrockets after Thanksgiving to give way to year-end holiday season stress.
There is one way to lower your stress, increase your empathy and entertain yourself, all while improving your reading library. Read short novels or book series during the holiday season. This one act will lower your stress level and provide the same benefits as taking a mini-vacation for pennies on the dollar.
Your stress level doesn’t really understand you’re not on a flight to the Caribbean. Your mind only understands that it’s engaged in a mystery, romance or thriller which takes it on a micro vacation away from the stresses of your everyday life and into the lives of the characters on the pages in the book.
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Your mind becomes entangled in the lives of others, their problems and how their problems are resolved. Reading a short novel during stressful times is one of the best and cheapest ways to instantly lower your stress, The only other stress-reducer that can compare to reading is listening to music.
With so many benefits, you have to wonder why more people don’t read fiction?
I believe it’s because they don’t fully understand the benefits. Any activity that is entertaining and helps you live a longer and happier life is well worth your attention and time.
Novels are great and most of us enjoy a good long novel, however, reading a long novel during stressful periods in our life will only increase the anxiety of wanting to know how the book ends. The end of the year holiday season is a time when you want to adjust your life and your lifestyle to accommodate increased stress. Reading short stories and novelettes is a reliable and entertaining solution