It’s Friday

Let’s be real, it’s Friday during spring break and I’m out of ideas.

The fountain of creativity has run dry.

Actually, a better way to put it is that I’m just really tired and have had a hell of a week (even though it’s spring break).

Jenn talked about her want to work during her week off, but found that all it did was stress her out. It’s kind of been the same for me, except my stress turns into a downward spiral.

So, I thought I would give you my “why” for what makes me love reading.

When I was 12 I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As I’ve grown up my symptoms have lessened, but there are always triggers. This week has been a week full of triggers.

After I was diagnosed with GAD, my therapist taught me a lot of techniques for how to help myself control some aspects of my anxiety. Reading became one of those things that significantly lessened it. A lot of the time I would sit against the wall of my bedroom and just read small insignificant books when I was stressed. The repetition of staring at words would, and still does, comfort and calm me.

It came to a point as I grew up where reading was the only escape that would, without a doubt, slow down some of my thoughts.

In the last few months, like many of you know, I’ve read significantly less than ever before. This week included.

Reading, as most of us know, is an escape in some way for everyone. So here’s my question: What is reading to you? How does it play a role in your life?

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7 thoughts on “It’s Friday

  1. Thank you for sharing a little bit of yourself. It often takes great courage. I love to write, but also enjoy reading the work of others. I write simple humor, but my dream is to write wonderful, flowing words to inspire, or help people lose themselves in a story. I read the work of great writers to help myself improve my writing skills, and hopefully, to one day fulfill my dream. Thanks again, and take care.

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  2. You are right that reading is an escape. It is for me too. It is something that fires the imagination more than a tv show or movie would ever do, but it is more than that. It is a tool for learning (new words, new styles etc) and a big part of it for me is inspiration. I find I write less myself when I read less.

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  3. I was diagnosed with GAD in the summer of 2015, so I’m glad that I’m not alone. I’m glad that reading helps you become less stressed. For me, reading has always been a form of escape, entertainment, and a way to relax before going to sleep. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always traveled with a book, and I feel weird if I don’t have one with me (especially if I’m stuck waiting somewhere and I don’t have anything to read!) It’s also become quite a hobby/collection for me. My husband teases me that my office is slowly becoming a library.

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  4. I read every night before I go to sleep because it helps calm the voices from a crazy job. Instead I may have the voices from the characters I am reading but that is much preferred! It is truly an escape from life. Thanks for sharing! Regardless of our diagnosis its something we can relate to and understand. Take care!

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