How to keep a Healthy Reading Habit?
How to access and develop a healthy reading habit in 21 days.
Cannot keep up with the 21-day reading journey? Let us help you!
If you are having trouble getting into the book or following the pace proposed by the challenge, we have separated some tips that can help! See which situation you are in and try to apply the suggestions to create a healthy reading habit.
My environment is very noisy.
Not everyone can read with the noise of traffic, conversation, or the neighbor’s TV. This can be a problem for those who live in large urban centers or share the house with others. With that in mind, we have listed some suggestions for reading soundtracks for you. So, put on your headset and immerse yourself in the story. Click here and access!
I feel very sleepy.
Many readers report that they fall asleep when they pick up a book. Our hypothesis is that most choose the night period to read, and here are two possible answers:
(1) We have a sleep-regulating hormone called melatonin, which is released in dark environments.
(2) Throughout the day, we accumulate a substance called adenosine. The higher your level, the more sleep you feel. This combination makes us sleep, usually at the end of the day, when night comes.
Therefore, for those who prefer to book the night period for reading, the tips are read seated! If sleep hits, try reading a few lines out loud, and if that does not work, move around a bit. Walk, jump, or stretch!
Another good tip is to change your reading time for a while. For example, suppose you usually read at night, before going to sleep, and have fallen asleep in the first few pages. In that case, your routine may be too tiring, and this is not the best time to read right now. Try waking up a little earlier or taking 15 minutes for your book at lunch break. When things calm down, you can resume reading at night or maybe discover a new favorite time to read.
I believe that the habit of constant reading of good books and scholarly periodicals and magazines in many disciplines is vital to give a larger perspective and continually sense the interdependent nature of life.
I cannot prioritize.
You do not need to stop doing anything to complete the readings you want. Just organize your activities better and, mainly, the time dedicated to each one of them. For example, instead of watching 2 episodes in a row from that series you like so much, how about looking at one and using the other 30 or 40 minutes to read? It is worth doing the same calculation for everyday activities: 5 minutes less on social media, 10 minutes of reading in bed before bed or waking up, 30 minutes of reading on the weekend, and so on.
“I forgot all about it!”
I forget to read.
A simple habit that can make all the difference in your literary habit is to always carry a book with you. Those 15 minutes in the waiting room are enough for you to set up a rhythm of reading and, of course, feel that time has passed faster.
I am thinking of abandoning the book.
Considering the immensity of books that exist out there and the little time we must read them all, we should not insist on those readings that do not make us excited. An excellent solution to this issue is the 50-page rule, described by librarian Nancy Pearl on her blog:
“If reading a book is not pleasurable, try reading another 50 pages! Then, decide whether to continue or abandon the book. This strategy prevents you from giving up on books too soon and not allowing yourself to know new ideas and perspectives. On the other hand, life is too short to read books that you do not like or find repetitive. Don’t force yourself to read the whole thing – if the story isn’t working for you after 50 pages, the ending probably won’t make it much better…”
Our 21-day reading journey (to make a healthy reading habit) together will help you persist in the routine and discover amazing stories! We hope that the tips are useful and that they will make your experiences even better.