Raising children can be stressful for parents. Fortunately, reading can be a powerful stress reliever. In fact, research conducted at the University of Sussex indicates that after only six minutes, reading can reduce stress levels by as much as 68%. The act of reading slows heart rates and eases tension in muscles, too. In fact, reading is a more powerful stress reducer than listening to music or going for a walk.
So when you feel so stressed you might “lose it,” get lost in a book. With any luck, you’ll more calm and relaxed in no time.