Let’s be honest here — we don’t read enough! We are always making (valid!) excuses not to read, but regularly reading cultivates a stronger mind. By immersing ourselves into the world of reading, we are educating ourselves, improving our mental health, and strengthening our interpersonal skills. These are just three of the many benefits of reading!
At a time where we are all socially distancing and staying at home, being alone and isolated can take a negative toll on our mind, body, and mood. Reading every day can become our calming temple as it helps us get through quarantine together. Here are our tips to establish a reading habit to help you find a safe haven during these troubling times.
Set your reading goal.
The key to completing a task is to give yourself motivation. The first step in creating a reading habit is to ask yourself why you want to develop one. Do you want to develop a state of meditation? Do you want to learn about a specific topic? Or do you simply want to pass the time during quarantine? These are just a few questions to ask yourself!
Once you establish your reasoning, you must think about how much you want to read. How many books do you want to read in a month or a year? Some will want to read 15 books a month, while others will want to read 50 books in a year. An online test exists that shows how many books you can read in a year! This could help you set a realistic goal to achieve. Remember, this should motivate you to keep reading every day during your leisure time. It should not be seen as a chore or a burden.
Compile a list of books you want to read.
I think we all have at least one book in mind that we have been meaning to read for days (or weeks or, even, years). Write down the list of books you want to read for the week, month, or year. You could add any type of book you want — a fairytale, a book of poems, creating your own brand, life advice, etc. There are no limitations!
If you don't know where to start, you can search up reading lists (stay tuned for our top picks!), ask your loved ones for recommendations, or simply browse through your current books. All that matters is that every book on your reading list is something you are truly interested in. These are books that will help you create a peaceful state of mind. Overall, a reading list is there to organize your interests and inspire you to reach your reading goal.
Find your quiet and happy place.
Everyone has their own preferred place to read. For example, I have two favorite places to read — in my bed, wrapped with my blanket and anywhere with a hammock outside. Figuring out the best place for you to read will motivate you to read every day. It becomes the physical appearance of your safe haven. This will be your spot to immerse your mind, body, and soul into the world of reading.
There are many perfect spots to read: the beach, the park, your room, your backyard, etc. If you can’t think of a spot, make your own little reading nook in your home! Just pick a corner with a lot of sunshine, warmth, and positive energy. Grab a chair, a bean bag, or anything comfortable to sit on as you read that perfect book. Add a little table and fill it with snacks or something to drink. Once you’ve settled your quiet and happy place, spray it with one of our essential sprays!
Set aside time to focus on reading.
Similar to taking time to study or do work, take the time out of your day to read. Typically, 30 minutes of your day would be an ideal amount of time to read. While it might seem like such a little amount of time, science actually shows evidence of the improvement in cognitive functions and brain development. However, any amount of time from 10 minutes to five hours can significantly impact your intelligence, mental health, and emotional wellbeing.
The online test I mentioned earlier also tells you how many books you can read a year based on how much time you spend reading every day. It also matters the focus you have on what you’re reading! Comprehending what you’re reading is essential in achieving those positive benefits! It is not a competition to finish first. It is a time of meditation and peace.
Read a specific amount of pages every day.
It’s pretty simple — it’s all up to you as to how many pages you want to read. It could also depend on how much time you’re giving yourself to read every day. A New York Times bestselling author created a simple system to help him reach his reading goals for the year. What was his method? Consistently reading 20 pages as he begins a new day. You could try his technique and see if it works for you, too!
If that doesn’t work for you, try lowering your page goal to 10 or 15. If that’s too little, you can go as high as 500 pages a day (just like Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest people in the world). By establishing the amount of pages you want to read regularly, you find motivation to create a habit — a reading habit!
Keep a reading log.
As you read a book, you will have a lot of thoughts and feelings about the storyline, the characters, everything. Don’t just keep those thoughts all mixed up in your brain. Write them down! This is another method to organize your thoughts and remember how you felt during an important plot twist or advice that stood out to you. This will help you retain more information and understand what you felt as you read a certain book.
Keeping a reading log will also keep track of the many books you read throughout the month or year. This can be a great reward to look back at the books you’ve read that helped you reach your reading goal.
It can be difficult to start and maintain a daily habit. However, the benefits of establishing a reading habit outweighs all the difficulty. Don’t rush into all our tips and tire yourself out. Take baby steps to change the way you read every day. Eventually, you will notice the positive lifestyle you have cultivated for your mind, body, and mood. Just as COZE strengthens our inner peace, we can find comfort and warmth as we spice up our daily lives through the world of reading.
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