As someone who copes with anxiety disorders, OCD tendencies, and panic attacks even when the world is *not* worried about a pandemic, we understand firsthand how much one can benefit from reading books. We hope this blog post helps others currently experiencing worry and anxiety.
Research suggests reading is a powerful strategy for coping with anxiety and stress. I wrote about how books can help us during the Coronavirus Pandemic:
According to an article about reading, posted in Medium “Many of us are fighting against perfectly valid feelings of anxiety and worry about the future, especially how to protect our most vulnerable loved ones. With many elementary schools closing, children are expressing their fears about the coronavirus, and many parents are doing their best to get work done from home. College students such as myself are worried about being stuck in our apartments and dorms, wondering how long our bank accounts could last if we are unable to work jobs on campus. Senior citizens and those who are immunocompromised are staying in their homes, anxious about their particular susceptibility to COVID-19.
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As someone who has long struggled with anxiety disorders and stress, as well as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder tendencies, I have been thinking a lot about coping skills and positive distractions to help with the general feeling of worry sweeping the world right now. There is little many of us can do, aside from washing our hands and practicing social distancing. How can we keep ourselves and our minds occupied in a way that is beneficial while enduring, waiting, quarantining, hoping, fearing? My suggestion — by reading books.
Finding time — and new books — to read
How do you find time to read? Read before bed. Read on the couch instead of watching television or scrolling through your phone. Read during lunch. Read when you’re bored. My rule of thumb: if my thumb is on my phone and I’m not making a phone call, I could probably be reading instead.
Maybe your problem isn’t when to read, but what. Let me offer a few recommendations. I love the popular science genre because it’s equal parts entertaining and educational. It’s the reading equivalent of watching a good documentary — as gripping as your favorite TV show, and you learn something along the way.
These are the books you get the best “did you know?” facts from, the most interesting stories, the biggest changes in perspective.
Or conclusion, It is so important to slow the spread so our health system can take care of those most in need. Your sacrifice of a few weeks away from events, school and more will save lives. Truly, it will.