Readers Write

Reading to Reduce Stress

by Alexander Pavlicin

Stress: A feeling everyone feels at one point or another when a problem arises and finding a solution is difficult. Stress is a largely natural response to challenges, but managing stress poorly can lead to more problems down the road, such as a decline in physical and mental health. One way to manage stress is by reading books. Studies have shown that more than half the time, the act of reading reduces stress faster and more completely than other relaxation methods. In this month’s Readers Write, we asked, “How do books help you de-stress, and what books do you choose to read when you start to feel the pressure?”