Four Reasons Why GirlBosses Need to Read

Book Day

By Eliza David

Attention GirlBosses: Today is National Read A Book Day – what are you reading?

If your answer to that question is ‘I’m too busy with my startup to read’ or ‘I don’t have time to read because I’m too busy grinding’, your GirlBoss Guru gets it.  Life has a funny way of being a time-suck, especially when you are giving most of it to your family, your day job, your latest passion project, or – in most cases – all three. I understand that adding a reading habit to an overscheduled and underpaid life may seem impossible, but these four benefits gained from establishing a consistent reading habit will get you running to your nearest bookstore!

Take Your Brain On A Vacay

As a romance author, one of my main writing motivations is to provide an escape for my readers. Getting lost in a page-turner has a special side effect of helping you temporarily forget the doldrums of real life.  Jackie Collins’ flashy Santangelo series – filled with tales of sex, murder, mayhem, and the Mafia – is a collection I go back to often for that break from reality. Romance not your thing? Mystery, literary fiction, and poetry – along with an array of other genres – can have a similar daydream effect.

Sharper Mind Equals a Sharper Grind

Studies show that reading just the first chapter of a novel can result in spikes in neural networks of the brain. And let’s face it: when your brain is working at its optimum pace, you can produce work at a higher quality. Can’t find time to read on the job? Take a closer look at your schedule. Even fifteen minutes can be a beneficial nugget of time to get away from the office and stick your nose in a book.

Keep Calm and Read

One thing my day job and my side hustle have in common is that they both drive me batty at times. Whether I’m dragging myself through a series of conference calls or encountering a nasty case of writer’s block, remaining calm can be a challenge, to say the least. But one thing I can vouch for is how reading provides stress relief when my life gets hectic. According to a University of Sussex study, just six minutes of reading can result in stress levels being reduced by 68%. Who knew you could eliminate more than two-thirds of the cray cray in your life by simply opening a book?

On the Go? No Problem!

I don’t leave the house without four things: my keys, my wallet, my cell, and my Kindle. While I know nothing beats holding a book and turning its pages (especially vintage books because they smell AWESOME!), I also tend to read more than one book at a time. I know – naughty bookworm!  That’s where the convenience of my e-reader kicks in. I can choose to fall into a gripping love story from Colleen Hoover, gain some knowledge from a collection of James Baldwin essays, or chuckle at the comedic musings of Amy Schumer’s memoir – all from one portable device! In addition to electronic reading, audiobooks have made quite the resurgence with readers. There are a number of phone apps you can install so that you can listen to any book, any time you wish – with benefits similar to those from reading text!

So what are you waiting for? Celebrate National Read-A-Book day by hitting your local library or downloading an e-book or audiobook. Watch your productivity rise and your stress levels stumble, all you need is six minutes!

Eliza is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, click HERE

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