Reading as therapy: A Lifelong book journey and Mental health

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I have always loved reading books as an escape, as a way to jump into someone elses world and on a journey with a character- whether they fall in love, travel, have difficulties in their lives and overcome them. I often have two or three books on the go and more books than shoes! My book shelves are full- and although I have a Kindle,ย  I still love having the actual paper book in front of me.

This led me recently to start a Book Instagram blog (bookstagram) to share what I am reading and chat with like minded people! I share what I have been reading each week and yes I am a book geek ๐Ÿ™‚ but it fills my heart to read and share. You can join my book journey at @elsbookshelf

I studied English and Drama at University and I have always loved stories. And creating my own too.ย For me, reading is a kind of therapy. It helps me take my mind off my own mental health struggles and it allows me to discover new authors, new characters and get inspiration in my own writing. Mostly though, I just love the creativity and joy in reading.

Thats what its all about, finding joy in the little things.

In terms of my health, I am stable at the moment but waiting a week to see my new psychiatrist. I feel like I can’t job apply at present because I don’t know fully what I can cope with and I want to make sure I get some proper support and psychotherapy.

Will write an update at some point with it all, but in the mean time, you will find me curled up with a book or spending time with my boyfriend, friends and family. And hoping I will get better and be able to hold down work fully soon.

4 thoughts on “Reading as therapy: A Lifelong book journey and Mental health

  1. Take care! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ˜˜ I love reading too. I also read some self help books which are really good to beat anxiety. I’m going to follow your book Instagram ๐Ÿ˜ I’m looking forward to hear about the books you have read.

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      1. Well, now I ‘m reading a Spanish one Toxic Emotions from Bernando Stamateas. I was also reading Highly sensitive person from Alaine Aron. This is reallly helpful because I’m a highly sensitive person. She give some useful tools. I’m also waiting for a nrw book to arrive called Yoga Girl. I love this international yoga teacher so much and she give some tools about self love. Thank you, love your bookstagram ๐Ÿ˜„

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