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What to Read and When

Posted Aug 05 2008 8:19am
The resources you use can take on different meanings depending on your mood and life situation. For those of you that enjoy reading I will make some suggestions on what to read, or what not to read, at certain times.
  • When you feel lonely - Read books that speak to you as an individual, whether it bolsters your self-esteem, discusses a favorite hobby or interest, or is something inspirational. Do not read books about relationships, unless you recently had a breakup or loss and the book is about recovering from those specific events.
  • When you feel confident and self-assured - This is when you read about relationships, making them better, and improving your communication style. You can read just about anything when you are feeling secure in yourself.
  • When you feel anxious - You can read about anxiety-reduction or stress management strategies, as long as you don’t read to the point of feeling overwhelmed by the ideas presented. Avoid reading material with a lot of detail or depth. Also, reading travel books or magazines with pictures can be helpful in providing your mind with calming images.
  • When you feel depressed - Read a children’s book. The Dr. Seuss books are colorful, playful, and silly. And there are thousands of other great children’s books that can lift your mood in simple ways. It is also okay to read books to educate yourself on depression/treating depression so you know what to expect in getting better, but again, don’t overwhelm yourself.

Happy reading!

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