Everybody has stress at one time or another. How you deal with it is a personal choice. You can take a walk, listen to music, get a massage, soak in a tub, watch television or read a book. Whatever you do that you enjoy and it relaxes you that is your stress reliever. When you feel you need to unwind and relax, that is the first sign of stress. Stress can affect your health so deal with it now and relax.
Reading is a great way to relax and reduce stress. When you pick up a book no matter which genre, it will take your mind off whatever is causing the stress for a short time. A book can take you to different places. Go to a South Pacific island with miles of beaches or the top of the Arctic. Go back in time or into the future as far as you want. Read about someone you are interested in, there are biographies and memoirs on just about everyone who was / is famous or important. Fantasy is a good way to help get away from all connections with present time stress. Go to another world, time or visit someone else's imagination. Need to laugh try reading a humorous book. There are some very funny books available on a large range of topics. Reading self-help books are also good for reducing stress. These books could help you pinpoint what is causing your stress. They can give advice on how to relieve the stress.
For the non-reader there are books for you also. Try reading up on new ideas, how-to, and technical information on your favorite hobby. Say your hobby is gardening, look up and read what new techniques there are available. Read the seed book and plan your next garden project. For the photographer check out the latest in cameras or styles of photographs that are currently popular. Start a hobby to help reduce stress by first reading up on the where, when and how to do it. Reading is a year round activity so when you can not do your normal stress reducing activity read about it.
Reading can also help reduce stress by providing answers to problems. By reading books that can give advise or instructions on how to solve the problem. When the problem is solved you will feel more relaxed and the stress will melt away. Stress about weight problems can be helped by reading about health, diet and exercise in books. You may find your way to total fitness or back to where you want to be with advice from books. Stressed because you spend too much eating out because you can not cook? Learn to cook from books! With either problem once you read how to get started the rest will follow. You are learning how to fix the problem and the stress level is reducing as you learn.
Stress affects your concentration. Reading helps you to focus and concentrate and exercises your mind. By exercising your mind your ability to concentrate and remember things will improve. This will also help reduce stress. Reading will also improve your spelling, vocabulary, and writing which will make you feel more confident and REDUCE STRESS!