Literacy is the gateway to learning, gaining new perspectives, and connecting with others - but statistics show it’s a privilege that half of Americans do not get to enjoy to its fullest potential. Some 54% of U.S. adults, 16-74 years old, lack proficiency in literacy, according to the U.S. Department of Education. This startling statistic puts the gift of reading into perspective for us.
Imagine how different your quality of life would be if you couldn’t read, understand, or communicate your thoughts and ideas? It’s why we’ve taken this month of gratitude to acknowledge reading as one self-care practice we’re extremely fortunate to have. As a Rooted Woman, we want you to feel empowered to make full use of this liberty in your own life, too. Reading is power. Reading is dignity. Reading is a profound form of self-care!
We understand that it can be hard to make time for reading, so here are some tips that could help you.
Find Books That Excite You
You’re more likely to invest your time into things that excite you. So, find a genre or author that makes you thirsty for literature. This will help you anticipate quiet time with a good book and prioritize it.
Know That Less Can Be More
If you can’t afford to spend hours a day reading - that’s okay. Do you have 15 minutes on your lunch break? What about 30 minutes before bedtime? Think about where quick moments for reading can fit into your current schedule, so it’s less overwhelming.
Listen To Audiobooks
It can be extremely relaxing to listen to someone read to you - plus, it’s super convenient if you’re always on the go. You can play an audiobook during your commute, while you’re at the gym, or while cooking dinner or cleaning your room!
Use Reading For Grounding
Reading helps increase brain stimulation and fight depression. It’s a great way to spark your creativity and bring you back to center. Every now and then, it could feel good to switch up your normal go-to grounding techniques, like yoga or mindfulness meditation, with a book.
Ready to Read More?
We hope this blog empowers you to think about reading in a more liberating way. Let us know in the comments!