Have you ever heard of ‘bibliotherapy’? Not many people have. It sounds like a scientific term, but it actually refers to the use of books and reading material to improve mental health.
Reading has been shown to reduce levels of stress, with reading as little as six minutes a day said to reduce stress levels by up to 60% through a lower heart rate, relaxed muscles, and an altered state of mind.
For those struggling with mental health, fiction can help individuals to connect with characters who may be experiencing a similar thing and gives the reader an opportunity to reflect on their own thoughts and feelings. It also allows readers to escape form the ‘real world’ and get lost in the story that is being told.
Non-fiction books can be useful resources for those experiencing mental health struggles. It is common for reading to be used as part of therapy, with self-help books offering a great way for those suffering with mental health issues to work through their feelings and change their mindset.
Brand new books can be expensive, but there are so many ways you can get your hands on some great reads.
- Charity shops often have loads of books to choose from, all at low prices.
- Online second-hand book shop, World Of Books, is a great place to access different types of books at lower costs, from chart topping reads to self-help guides.
- Create a book swap with your friends. This way, you can circulate books among yourselves and chat about them after, all at no price!
- If you are looking for some self-help guidance, there are many free resources online. The Mental Health Foundation has a selection of free helpful reading resources that you can access to begin the journey of improving your mental health. You can find them Here.
We have put together a selection of fiction and non-fiction books that you could get stuck into. Most of these books can be found on World of Books or eBay at a discounted price, but there are millions of books out there – give them a go!
Walking On Sunshine – Giovanna Fletcher
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, And The Horse – Charlie Macksey
Good Vibes, Good Life – Vex King
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Made Simple – Seth Gillihan
The Power of Fun – Catherine Price