Ditch the Remote: 5 Reasons Why You Should Read More

When was the last time you read a book?

I mean sit down, turn off the television, disconnect, and dive deep into a juicy novel, a fascinating autobiography, or a stimulating self-help book?

If you’re like me, it has probably been a minute. It seems as though most of us end our nights slumped in front of a television watching reruns of Sex and the City. [guilty as charged]

Binge watching Breaking Bad? Yup. Reruns of Entourage? Of course. There is nothing wrong with watching TV; but when we end up doing it every-single-night I begin to view it as an addiction.

The workday ends. I make attempt making dinner for the family. We eat. Wash dishes. Plop down on the couch. Grab the remote. Netflix and Chill…it’s go time!

Since starting this blog I’ve decided to make a change in my nighttime routine.

Reading has so many benefits that it’s a real shame that so many of us don’t spend more time with our noses in a book. Not only is reading a great way to relax and disconnect but it also helps stimulate your brain in ways that television never can. Reading books will help you become more creative. Your ability to focus will improve. You’ll learn more. You will have an easier time relaxing and falling asleep. And yes, reading will make you smarter; guaranteed.

It’s time to put down the remote control and reach for a good book instead.

It doesn’t matter if I read for the entire evening or just for a quick 10 minutes before going to bed. The point is, I’m doing it. I’m making an effort.

Sweater: Zara

Benefits of Reading Books:

Enhances creativity

Imagination is a powerful thing. Remember how your imagination would run wild as a child? As we grow up we tend to loose our sense of imagination. Reading helps your brain become more creative and imaginative. Creativity is not just an important tool for bloggers, writers, entrepreneurs, or individuals in ‘creative industries’. It’s important in all aspects of your life. For example, solving a problem at home, finding new ways to complete tasks at work, or simply finding creative ways to spend quality time with your children.

Stimulates your brain

I workout my body 5 days a week. Shouldn’t I be doing the same for my brain?  Your brain, just like your body, needs daily exercise. Reading a book is more demanding for your brain than processing images and/or speech [Im talking to you Netflix].  Reading forces you to analyze, interpret, create, and understand. Reading on a daily basis has proven to decrease brain deterioration as we get older. Studies also show that reading can help decrease the chance of getting Alzheimers!

Improves your focus and memory

If I don’t write it down, I will not remember it. Period. My memory is terrible and it’s not getting any better with age. Reading helps improve your focus [for all of you high-strung ADHD folks] and your memory. Sitting down and concentrating on a book is much more difficult than passively staring at a television screen for hours on end. Reading forces your brain to be active. Your brain has to remember characters, stories, and events. Every time you read, you create a memory – a memory that you have to remember.

Calms you down at night

Had a stressful day? Grab a book and disconnect from the real world. I know that when I’m really into a book I completely zone out and forget about everything around me (this includes anything I’ve been obsessively stressing over). It’s a proven fact that reading decreases stress. While you read your heart rate decreases, your muscles become less tense, and your mind calms down.  Watching television or aimlessly browsing through your phone on Instagram before bed can actually have the opposite effect.

Reading makes you smarter

This one is a no brainer. You become more analytical, and your vocabulary, writing skills, and communication skills improve greatly. Your brain gets filled with tons of useful information that will help you become a better, smarter, and more creative individual.

Have I convinced you to grab a book yet?!

Books I’m currently obsessing over::

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown 

Creative Confidence by David and Tom Kelley 

Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole my Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me by Ally Hilfiger

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I hope I’ve encouraged you to make a little more time in your life to read. If you have any MUST-READ books please leave a comment below!

 

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  1. Great blog post. I agree with your list. I just recently started reading again after years of no new books. I’m reading three books at a time, & I love it.

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

    Posted 10.7.17 Reply
    • dashofchaos wrote:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog post! Three books? That’s awesome! Let me know if you come across any really good ones!

      Posted 10.10.17 Reply