3 reasons why reading gets your brain in peak condition
If you are anything like me then the first thing that goes when you are flat out busy is reading. I just can’t seem to justify it. Maybe you’re the same? You might think that if you are going to read then you may as well study or if you do have some spare time, you just want to watch TV.
Reading for pleasure is just not a priority for a lot of Year 11 and 12 students. However, after discovering 3 reasons why reading gets your brain in peak condition, you may revise your ways.
1. Reading helps you deal with uncertainty:
There is a lot of uncertainty in your final years of high school. You might be asking yourself things like: Will I pass? Have I made the right choices? Do I study enough? What’s the best way to study? Will I get in to Uni? Do I need a tutor? It might get overwhelming.
Canadian researchers have found that reading a good story can help open your mind by being forced to think in ways that are different from one’s own. This also has the benefits of allowing you to be more comfortable with ambiguity. So, if you feel overwhelmed and you have a lot going on in your life then perhaps you should make time to do some reading.
2. Reading stimulates underworked parts of the brain:
Researchers from Stanford University have found that critical reading stimulates the brain and leads to more complex cognitive function. That’s got to be helpful.
3. Reading cancels stress:
Researchers at the University of Sussex have found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%.
Most students experience some level of stress in their final years of schooling. Because reading allows you to immerse yourself in a different world it forces you to stop stressing about your own world.
Additionally, according to the New Yorker you will sleep better, have lower rates of depression and a higher self-esteem if you read regularly. By the time you sit your ATAR exam you want your brain to be in peak condition so perhaps it’s time to get stuck in to a good book.
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