Can stress really impact your reading?
Some of you may have been noticing my tweets or my little notes in the sidebar that I leave every few days or perhaps just noticed from my updates how gosh darn busy I have been as of late. Despite all of that, I still blog. I still have a responsibility to write posts and share them with you. To read and respond to your comments and broaden both your minds and my own. Unfortunately, it is with all of my tasks that I find myself quite stressed. And I imagine everyone reading this has found themselves stressed or overwhelmed at least one point in their life. Yet, we talk not so much about that today. Rather, we discuss how that stress affects your reading.
Particularly, your enjoyment of reading.
When one is stressed, one’s mind has a tendency to wander from whatever task one is doing. Because the mind constantly rotates back to that thing(s) that is causing said stress, which makes it difficult to focus.
More over, because that stress is constantly on your mind, even when you are having fun, it can be difficult to pay attention. Your mind keeps interrupting your fun and enjoyment with little punctuations of ‘Don’t Forget!’ or ‘You should be doing something else.’ When this happens, it can be difficult, if not impossible to simply sit back and enjoy whatever you are doing and, sadly, this bleeds over into reading.
I think this is particularly difficult for myself because I have the attention span of a goldfish. If I’m not completely enraptured, completely enamored, completely pulled into whatever story/movie/etc that I’m doing, my mind will wander. Such is often the case when I read. Yet, this inability to focus becomes 10-fold when I am stressed. No matter how hard I try to focus and want to enjoy the book, there is a certain heaviness and weariness and constant agitation lingering in the back of my mind.
That is what stress does.
It has the ability to kill enjoyment of anything.
Unfortunately, stress doesn’t always just go away when you finish a project or spend time pondering the point of your stress. Don’t get me wrong. Introspection towards said stress and taking the time to understand and tackle that stress is vital, but somethings don’t go away. One stressor may simply replace another. Or the point of the stress will have such a huge impact on one’s life that one thinks about it again and again even after they believe they’ve made a decision.
And I wish that I had some helpful tips for dealing with stress. I wish I knew the answer, but I will admit that I do not. I am, at this point in time, constantly dealing with a very large stressor. Whatever decision I make on it will dictate the rest of my life and my career. It’s this huge weight settling on my shoulders and my mind and no matter how much I listen to music, build puzzles, watch TV shows, read stories, sit and contemplate with as much of an objective point of view as I can, it will not go away. Big decisions like that linger.
I’m not asking for help or well wishes or anything. That’s not what this post is for. This post is to offer readers a chance to ponder whether something externally may be impacting their love of reading. An amazing story read through the eyes of some bone-weary with worry will never be an amazing story. It will be tainted by other thoughts. It’s for this reason that I think re-reading is a good idea (though I still don’t do it. :p Haha!) But enough of my rambles on the subject!
What do you think?
Can stress impact reading?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: