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Reading is healing

Books have been chosen by many, consciously or not, as a therapeutic relief. Reading is a therapeutic relief and feels like a journey from worries to bliss. I plunged into them like getting addicted to cosmetics and other beauty products. Every day, I read at least one page of a book before sleeping for my mind just like some use night cream for their skin. Just to refresh and rejuvenate my mind for the upcoming days. As our skin gets older and weaker every day, our mind also will get weak or damaged if we don’t take care of it properly or remove the dead thoughts daily like, we need to remove the dead skin from our body. I have a habit of returning to old favorites that complement the mood, such as the works of Jane Austin, John Donne, Sylvia Plath, and Nanditha.Yeah! Reading is truly a therapeutic relief for me : Sometimes, to warm up my mind from the bitter cold of depression. Sometimes, to cool off my thoughts from the unbearable heat of oppression. Whenever my negative thought becomes too much to bear, I reach for books that heal me in seconds.

According to JJ Bola, the author of No Place to Call Home, “the world can get you so down you feel like you’re the only person going through what you’re going through. But then you read and you realize that you are not alone; that if someone else has gone through it and survived, then maybe you can, too.” Sometimes it will be that understanding the reader will get, when he or she reads a book. Or when we engage ourselves in reading, it will help us lift up our mood. Even though books are therapeutic relief, it may not sometimes. For instance, if you’re reading a depressive episode, it will take you back to the very same mood that drove you to seek solace in books. So try to take a look at what you seek from reading, before choosing what you read (especially when you’re looking to lift up your mood via reading). So, try to bury your pains in reading. It is better than sharing your pain with shifty humans around you. 

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_Akshaya Thulasi

Author:

Akshaya Thulasi is a 22 year old Indian Bilingual Writer, Published Author and Social Media Influencer From Kerala. Now, she is doing her Masters in English Language and Literature. She is the author of the books "From My Mind', & "Her Verses", and also the co-author of the book "3". She has written 112 poems in English and Malayalam, 3 short stories,  7 essays and 467 quotes till now.

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