Reading Life And Mental Health

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I have not posted in a while although I have continued buying and reading books in that time. The main reason for this is I am, suffering from anxiety and depression, having been diagnosed over a year ago. I am going though treatment at the moment and with the close support of my family I am getting through it although slowly. Though this post is partly about my Mental Health I will only concentrate on how this effects my reading and this blog.   

Minutes Per Session

This is always key state for me in telling how am feeling at the moment, I use a Kobo ereader, for my fiction reading, and pay particular attention to the Minutes per session of time I read, as the better I fell the longer I read for when I pick a book up.  

Having to finish a Book

I know this is a highly debated among readers if you should always finish every book you start. For me at the moment I feel, that I have, no choice in the matter in that I have to finish every book I start as the times when I am not enjoying a book Is it my depression or the book.

clock and book

Total time Read each month

Every month I get an email telling me the total length of time I have bean reading using my Kobo ereader. This gives me an over view of how I have feeling for the previous month.

Looking for new books

Like most readers I can spend as much time looking for a books to read as much a reading them, My To be read list can grow every time I am within reading distance of a book cover either in a store or on-line. However their are times when going out side is hard let alone going into the city even to do something I find pleasure in doing.

Communicating

I love every thing about the reading life including talking about books but my mental health means that it is very had to meet people and talk about a book I am reading or even write about it.

Enthusiasm

This is a lack of get up and go with reading or this blog I work out in my mind what I want a post to be about, or even get as far as planning what I want to write. Then my mental health kicks in and I just don’t do it or a I start it to finish it latter and then I do not go back to it.

The above are just of the few ways that mental health affects me in my reading life and they even go and effect my life outside of reading. The one thing that helps me is the ability to talk to someone about what is happening and that is what I advise you to do if some of these things are happening to you.

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