Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Reading has been a favorite pastime of many for centuries. However, as technology develops, people spend more time on their phones and watching tv than they do reading. As a result, the amount of avid readers continues to decline, and it’s been steadily decreasing for decades. This is a regrettable trend to see, largely because reading comes with so many benefits.
Reading- Great for Your Mental Health!
Reading is great for your mental health. Not only does it help to reduce stress, it can also increase your sense of empathy for others, and it can help improve your memory. In addition, reading is a great way to explore new worlds and experience exciting events all from the comfort of your own home.
Another benefit of reading, that is good for both your mental and physical health, is that it can help you fall asleep at night. Many Americans fall asleep to the television or as they look at their phones. However, the lights from electronics can actually stimulate you and make it harder for you to fall asleep. Reading helps you to ease your mind and relax before bedtime, and it has been proven to help improve your sleep habits. Better sleep in turn helps to improve both your mental and physical health. It’s really a win-win!
Did you know that reading can even increase your life span?! It’s true: According to mercola.com:
“New research published in the journal Social Science & Medicine revealed book readers live an average of two years longer than non-readers. Specifically, compared to people who read no books, those who read for up to 3.5 hours a week had a 17 percent lower risk of dying over the next 12 years.”
Learn to Love Reading
If you find yourself saying, “Well, I just don’t like to read,” it might be because you haven’t found the kind of books that you truly enjoy. Speak with your local librarian or a friend who loves to read. Tell them the kinds of TV shows and movies that you enjoy, and see if they can suggest some books for you to try out. Sample books across a number of genres, and I’ll bet that you will eventually find a style of book that you enjoy!
If you find yourself looking for a way to relax after a long day at work, put down your phone and pick up a book instead!
For psychiatrists in the Augusta County, VA area, give us a call at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine.