People are always pretty astounded when they hear about how much I read. I read a lot. I don’t say this to brag (or maybe I do…?) I say this because it’s true. It’s something I do everyday and it’s a huge stress reliever for me. A lot of my friends and co-workers will ask how I have the time to read so much so I figured it was time to spill the beans and tell the world how I make this happen.
I always have a book with me
Literally I always do. Whether it’s in my purse or on my ipad on the kindle app OR on my phone on the kindle app you best believe I always have a book. If I didn’t have a book with me all the time I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of all the times I could be reading (in between appointments, during lunch, after work, while waiting in the car for Matt/something). The first step in wanting to read more is to make sure you always have a book with you.
I stress relieve through reading
I know I mentioned it above but it’s truly the best way for me personally to relieve stress. For a long time working out was a huge stress reliever for me (and it still is when I’m actually diligently going to workout….. a topic for another day…). It helps me wind down from the day. If you’re like me, your mind goes 1 million miles an hour all day long even right before you go to bed. I over think and think through and plan all the time in my mind. The one way I can shut my mind down, get away, and stop thinking/worrying about what is going on is to read.
I read every single night before going to sleep
A lot of my friends say things like “whenever I start reading at night I always end up falling asleep so fast and not reading much.” BUT ISN’T THAT GLORIOUS?! Seriously, I love reading and then feeling my eyes slowly grow heavier. Our phones and technology can keep you up so much longer than you really should be from the blue light coming from those screens plus the holes you can get into when browsing social media. One minute it’s 9:00 and you’re looking at your phone on instagram and the next minute its 10:45 and you have no idea where the time went.
I only read books I want to read
I mean that. If I start reading a book and after the first 50-100 pages I just can’t stand to pick it up or know what happens I just stop reading it. If I am recommended a book that’s not a genre I typically like or want to read I will not read it (thanks for the recommendations though!) I like to read as a hobby and passion but not as a chore so it has to always be something I enjoy and if I don’t want to read it but feel obligated to I won’t enjoy it.
I typically read more than I watch TV
Again this is just a personal preference for me. Matt and I like to binge watch TV shows together that we like. If we don’t have a show going on or if he’s working in the wood shop then I’m either a) cleaning up around the house b) making food or c) reading. I do have my fall shows that I watch (Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Greys Anatomy) but those shows aren’t currently showing and so I just will read instead of watch something by myself.
I like the challenge
I know. I know. But seriously. Give me a big book or tell me I can’t finish it and watch me do it. I think books are like puzzles where in my mind if I like it I just finish it and do it. I get a huge sense of accomplishment in finishing a book and love to see the stack that piles up to be taken back to the library knowing that I finished those books.
If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this (and realize that yes, while few, I do actually have friends) and haven’t wanted to tell me to get over myself then #YGG! (Mom, that means You Go Girl).
I wish I could say there was more genius work that went into this but that’s really all there is to it. If you’re looking to read more, take one of the above pointers and do like Nike, just do it.