This is something I wrote today for my work blog.
And it is something I think that I want to share on my personal blog too.
And I reckon it especially relevant to yesterday’s idea of Everything is Alright.
And so I am posting it here too.
And I promise that I will go back to the things I learnt from Soundwave tomorrow.
Don’t pop a pill, Read a book (Sandy Smith from the SMH)
So yesterday I came across a very interesting article on the Sydney Morning Herald website about how reading can actually be used to support a person’s emotional development and stability.
For example, the article suggest that
Experts believe reading can transform lives, helping people deal with a variety of psychological and emotional problems, from stress and anxiety to grief and depression.
What I really liked about it was that reading is calming, that losing yourself in an imaginary world can help you figure out what to do in this one.
cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis…found that reading silently for just six minutes, slowed the heart rate and eased muscle tension in research volunteers.
Just imagine what 20 minutes during START is doing for you!
And it really struck a chord with me because I have been reading so much Young Adult fiction lately and really, truly feel that it influences my emotions as I read. I am never so emotional as when I read YA fiction.
And I wonder why that is?
The article says
These characters often seem to speak directly to us; keeping us company, reminding us we are not the only one feeling this way and at times offering us hope
Often I think it is because YA fiction is exceptionally honest. It doesn’t try to be High Literature, it just tries to give teens an idea of how life is for them, to reflect back what they are feeling and show them that there is a way through it (though perhaps with less vampires).
YA fiction is raw and raging. It doesn’t keep it’s emotionality in check like adult fiction does because its readers are experiencing this same tumultuous feeling.
So I say go read some YA fiction and FEEL.
Coming up on my next blog: Will it be what I have promised or some other ramblings that distract me.