It’s Winter, which means it is officially freezing outside in New York City. When I think about the New Year, I think about starting fresh and a blank slate, or a blank page. What we put into our bodies is extremely important, and that includes the ideas we put into our brains. Reading is fuel for our minds and I try to be conscious of that when it comes to choosing books for myself to read and also encouraging my children with their reading choices.
There’s nothing quite like putting on a cozy sweater and chunky blanket and just curling up on the couch with a good book. Of course, this is very niche to Winter, but it is something I think about on colder nights. Reading is such a good way to unwind from the day, relax and escape to a new reality for a moment. Or an hour, give or take. I find that it’s a little more difficult for me and my children to focus on a good read in the colder months. I’m not sure if it’s because of how dark it gets outside so early or the temperature, but it can be difficult to focus when you feel like you’re burning daylight.
The truth is, reading is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. It’s like health for our minds. So a friendly tip, if you need to take a break from something or simply wait until it gets dark out for the night and turn on a cozy lamp, make your environment a comfortable, inviting space for yourself. Make reading time a priority for you and set yourself up to succeed at it. It’s not a chore, but something you are doing to feel good.
I’m always looking for new book recommendations, so if you have any, feel free to comment them!
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