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Back to School in USA, Canada and Europe by Doris-Maria Heilmann (Guest Blog)

September 19, 2013

Back to School in USA, Canada and Europe 


Reading Reduces Stress by 68%

Guest blog by Doris-Maria Heilmann
School children are currently experiencing higher levels of stress than at other times of year. With new classes starting, maybe even a new school, new teachers, new sport schedules etc. children nowadays can have stressful lives too. Reading is the best way for children to relax and reading for just six minutes reduces stress levels by 68 per cent!

So, if you want your children to calm down, give them books to read, they are interested in.  When reading, their mind has to concentrate and the distraction of being taken into a story of the literary world eases tensions in muscles and even the heart.

Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.

Mindlab International at the University of Sussex found out that reading works better and faster than any other method to calm frazzled nerves – compared with listen to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea.

To relax, reading worked best, reducing stress levels by an astounding 68 per cent. Other results were:

  • Listening to music 61 %
  • Having a cup of tea, juice, cocoa etc. 54 %
  • Taking a walk 42 %
  • Playing video games 21 %

Quotes about reading:

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”

Jorge Luis Borges


“Indeed, learning to write may be a part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”

Eudora Welty


“The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read yet.”

Abraham Lincoln


“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

More research about reading

Research about Engagement and Motivation in Reading found that engaged readers seek to understand; they enjoy learning and they believe in their reading abilities.  Teachers should create real-world connections to reading, meaningful choices about what, when, and how to read, and interesting texts that are familiar, vivid, important, and relevant.  Reading books will also provide inspiration and highlighting a host of exciting possibilities to children.  The more children see their parents reading, the greater chance they will pick up books, and the whole family can benefit from reduced stress.

Start early!

Researchers of The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research have proven what parents have intuitively known all along – the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills and their development.


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BIO Doris-Maria Heilmann
Doris writes and publishes since the 1980’s and has studied e-publishing. She is an avid blogger and researcher and writes non-fiction in German and English language.
She helps author to publish and promote their books.
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One Comment
  1. Great post!!

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