Book therapy for mental health is being researched all over the world
What is your happy Book?
What makes it your happy book? Why do you love reading it?
Often in the daily business of everything, you forget to unwind.
You need to take a short’ me time break ‘every day.
Just like your body feels tired so does your mind too.
The best breaks are those, that provide relaxation for both mind and body.
For a healthy mind, 3 things are crucial:
- Nourishment for mind:Books and nature
- Food for your health:Healthy diet.
- Companionship :Friends and family.
During my school days ,summer holidays meant devouring books .Morning noon and night .
Stephen King says reading during meals can make you unpopular.I was scolded quite often for this naughty .My favourite is still a nail-biting murder mystery.But can’t really do the reading during meals in front of the little one.
There’s something about solving a murder that makes me feel happy.When all problems seem too big.Solve a little mystery.That’s bound to help you feel better.
Have you heard of bibliotherapy?
Bibliotherapy is a little-explored branch.
Bibliotherapy (or healthy reading) has been defined as ‘using written texts, computer programs or audio/video-recorded material for understanding or solving problems about a person’s development or in meeting their therapeutic needs’.(1)
Books are researched as self-help aids in Cognitive behavioural therapy.
Words are powerful.
A healthy reading list can help you heal from inside.
It’s showing promise as self-help or assisted therapy in mental health challenges like:
- Eating disorders,
- Head injury
- Mood swings,
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Suicide issues
- Childhood sexual abuse.
It is used as an additive therapy .It can decrease antidepressant dosing and help prevent relapse(2-5).
Bibliotherapy resources include:(4-7)
- Books and workbooks,
- CDs and DVDs
- Access to internet sites
- It usually contains information, descriptions of other people’s experiences or a workbook or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques.
Sometimes this can be used as preventive therapy too.
Healthy reading could be useful if you have issues with
depression ,but not keen or able to take antidepressants.
Books can influence positively or negatively.Choose your reading list with care.Words can create magic.Words are powerful.That’s why reading is a self-healing habit.
That’s why the “Chicken soup” series is so popular.
What you put in your reading list is as crucial as what you put in your mouth.
Have you ever used books to help you heal?Share your healing book in the comments below.
Link to the Gutenberg library.
Link to Bibliotherapy resources.
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