Reading for pleasure is a wonderful way to unwind. Getting lost in the story unfolding in a good book provides a welcome distraction from everyday stress. However, when you encounter higher levels of anxiety or challenging situations, the residual worry can interfere with your ability to concentrate on what you’re reading. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help soothe your mind and body and refocus on your book.
1- Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a simple and effective way to calm your senses and give your mood a boost. Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a diffuser to fill the room with a gentle scent. There is one for any occasion. Lavender is great for relaxation, while citrus scents provide an energizing jolt to your tired senses. Lighting scented candles is another effective approach to aromatherapy, plus you have the added benefit of the ambiance of candlelight.
2- Use Hemp Products
Hemp is a popular remedy for a variety of mental and physical complaints. One of the most well-known uses of CBD is its ability to calm stress and anxiety and help you relax, which is essential to get the most out of your reading time.
An advantage of choosing hemp products to help you relax and focus on your reading is the wide range of products available. CBD comes in cartridges to vape, edibles like gummies, or topicals. Eating a gummy before you settle in with your book is a convenient way to get your CBD, but you can experiment with which form is easiest for you to use. Also, you have the option to choose products that have a small amount of THC or none at all.
It’s also easy to control the dosage of CBD. Always follow the recommendations found on the packaging for the product you select. You may want to start by taking only a small amount and gradually increasing the dose until you reach the recommended amount. Everyone reacts differently to hemp products, so take the time to discover what type and dosage gives you the benefits you are looking for depending on your needs.
3- Listen to Relaxing Music
Music, particularly instrumental, is the perfect accompaniment to a good book. Having music on while you read can even help with your comprehension. Put on some soft tunes in the background, but stay away from fast tempos and loud lyrics. You may need to experiment a bit to find the musical genre that works best for you. Choose something that aids in your relaxation and doesn’t distract you from your reading. Once you discover what you like, you can create a reading playlist that immediately puts you in the right frame of mind to enjoy your book.
Reading is a healthy and highly enjoyable activity. Don’t let the stress of your daily life interfere with your “me time” any longer by distracting you from discovering your latest favorite book. The above tips can set the mood for a tranquil and peaceful evening that lets you leave your worries behind and get lost in the pages.