It’s no secret that the first thing most of us do in the morning is check our phones. With a pandemic on the loose, our mornings are usually grim with a count of rising death tolls, more quarantine cases, lockdowns and whatnot. It’s important for our wellbeing and that of our loved ones to stay calm during these times, and here’s where one of the oldest habits comes in. Come, take a walk with us (via the safe distance the Internet provides) and we’ll tell you how reading can keep you sane.
1. A book in hand means less touching of your face, which according to WHO (World Health Organization), is essential to keeping safe during the pandemic.
2. The more you read, the more you travel. Books are a gateway to other cultures, sometimes other worlds. So even though you might have cancelled your trip to Paris or your three day holiday to one of the hill stations, you can still journey. That’s the beauty of words; it opens up worlds to you at a super affordable price.
3. Reading offers you new horizons of thoughts. Not only can it teach you history and language but it can help you understand humanity. It helps keep your brain active, your memory intact and your vocabulary updated. Imagine if you read a book a day, and by the time you’re out of quarantine, maybe you could run circles around Shakespeare’s ghost.
4. Reading also reduces stress and calms you down. In a time like this, when stress is running high, books can keep you grounded. In fact, there are plenty of books that detail living during epidemics.
5. And well, most importantly, it’s an easy and healthy way to kill time.
So read books and stay safe.