Do You Want To Start Reading Again?
Remember when you would snuggle in a warm blanket and read for hours and hours? The times when books were your solace, and you would not care if there was an earthquake? If you were an avid reader as a child, you know this is not an exaggeration. But then something went wrong.
So many adults today, especially those from 17 to 24 reminisce about the times they would read 500 pages in a day, and their parents had to force them to go out and socialise.
You can still see the glint of happiness in their eyes when they talk about reading. But somehow, the schedule and exhaustion of adult life have taken away the source of escapism. They are always complaining about how they miss reading but cannot get past two pages without losing concentration.
If you are one of them, then you need to get to the root of the problem and start asking questions like “why do I not read now?”. Here are some solutions to the problems that former readers encounter while trying to engage in the hobby.
If your answer to the question mentioned above revolves around having a busy schedule, then you need to rethink. Ask yourself, do you not have free time, or do you spend these few hours doing something else?
List down all the times of the day when you are free. Are you an early riser? Great, you can read in the morning. Do you travel a lot due to work? That’s even better, you can read during the journey. Lunch breaks, travel time, tea time and bedtime are all available for you if you gather enough concentration to read.
The second problem is exhaustion, and yes, that is a 100% valid excuse. Listening to music, binge-watching Netflix, and browsing through YouTube, are easier practices after a tiring day as with these, you do not have to invest your energy in comprehending something complex. But do you remember when you would read as a child, and your mind instantly felt at ease?
Throughout college, people have to observe the tedious task of reading boring and dry papers for assignment help that makes them dislike book-reading even more. But thinking that it would still be as dull is wrong. Pick up a book that you relate to personally, and it is guaranteed that you would love to get lost in the world of words.
The War between Fiction and Nonfiction
Many of us, as kids, picked up the series of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson and relished the imaginative world created by the authors. However, growing up meant losing touch with fiction and instead relying on informative and detailed books for “pleasure”. And since the popular belief suggests that fiction is just for kids, many of us use this notion to avoid all the “childish” books.
There could not be enough emphasis on how wrong this idea is. Sometimes, you need to live through the episodes of other characters to develop empathy and understand the problems that do not directly affect you.
Reading an account of some historical incident might be informative, but it can be dull, at times. Exploring the same issues though personal experiences of fictional characters would compel you to grasp the concept and understand the underlying problems.
Losing Connection with Libraries
The book clubs and libraries that surrounded most of us growing up were key factors in encouraging reading among the youth. But where did the library culture go? The prevalence of eBooks and pdfs have restricted the libraries to dusty corners, and while technology has made it efficient for us to easily find the books, none of us actually do that.
But the good news is that you can still reconnect with your old friends who would exchange books and stay up to discuss the plots of the series with you. Start your book club and pick one from the popular choice.
Sign up for the nearest library and invest some time on weekends to find something exciting to read. Since libraries issue you books for a limited amount of time, this would encourage you to prioritise reading after finishing up the schedule tasks.
A cost-effective and interesting way of treating some mental-health-related mood swings is bibliotherapy. Not only does this encourage your mind to be creative, but it also proves to be soothing for the nerves. It removes the gap between the patients and literature as they feel more in control of their lives through acquiring information or just focusing on words.
A notable blogger, Sheree Joseph narrated that she had started reading for pleasure after a huge break, but then the traumatic incident of her father passing away proved to be challenging for her mental health. However, during the panic attacks and overwhelming sense of loss, it was always reading that calmed her enough to come back to routine life. So if you feel that you are losing perspective, pick up a good book of your choice and see if it helps in pacifying the inner turmoil.
Saying that technology has completely destroyed the reading culture would be a little unfair. Now you have multiple resources to help you overcome the challenges of reading. After an exhausting day, it is difficult to understand the complex words and therefore, you can use audiobooks to surmount the problem.
Pick a book that you think would be interesting to listen to and just concentrate on the voice of the reader. This is also an effective way of expanding your vocabulary as human minds are designed to remember words better by listening.
So, it is important to find solutions to start overcoming your fear of reading. Yes, it would prove to be difficult initially, but that is a part of overcoming challenges. You should pick a book from the genres that you are interested in before you widen the horizons, and you would adopt the habit of reading even before you know it!