Discussion Highlights: Stress & Reading

Last Week’s Discussion:
Stress & Reading

This week is all about stress (because I’m stressed. :p ) And I thought it’d be a good time to discuss with my readers about whether stress has an impact on one’s enjoyment of reading and, if so, what kind of an impact is it? How much of a impact does it have? Let’s find out what they had to say, shall we?

Shanah said:

“ABSOLUTELY stress impacts reading! There are times where reading can be a helpful distraction and pull your mind away from the things that are bothering you. But when things are bad there’s no way I can focus on reading!”

Alex said:

“Stress totally impacts reading. Also reading can be stressful. I discovered it this year. Too many challenges, or readathons. And suddenly no mood for reading at all. I think I got that under control though. […] I always do my stuff and THEN I read to relax. Sometimes I only have a few minutes of reading, but that’s ok, because I know, that I did everything that I had to do.”

Craig said:

“I deal with stress all the time, and have to force myself to put it all away at times and just goof off.”

Sophie said:

“Stress does NOT impact my reading. When I read I forget everything truly! I read to evade stress so I may be the odd one here but that’s the honest truth!”


“Oh geez, I know exactly how this feels. It’s tough. I have found that the sun helps calm me down. Something about its warmth. Being indoors stresses me out as well, so I’m often outside. “

Trent said:

“No discussion from me, I have too little time. The answer to both reading and writing is a big ‘yes’!”

Rae said:

“Stress does not impact my reading. I tend to read as a way to relax when I am stressed and I’ll just stick to whatever is already on my yearly TBR”

Naty said:

“Stress definitely impacts what I read… I tend to go for YA a lot more when I’m stressed, and particularly more romantic stories, or fluffy. But yes, reading is far better and more immersive if you’re relaxed.”

Adrienne said:

“Stress can totally impact your reading.”

Claire said:

“Stress for sure impacts reading– and other hobbies too! I’m currently a student in high school, and during the summer I can clear nearly a book a day, but during the school year, I lack the time to read maybe a book every two or three months. I hope that maybe my senior year I can amend this habit, but for now things are busy!”

Angela said:

“Oooo yes stress can be the ultimate killjoy. And like most people I have no real solution for it (UGH. WHY.). I’m one of those people who loves checklists if only for the joy of checking things off of it […] I guess physically seeing what I have to do and tracking my progress just gives me this (false) sense of control and calms me down. A CHECKLIST MEANS I HAVE A PLAN AND A PLAN MEANS I’M GOING TO BE OKAY. “

Deepa said:

“Yes stress does have an affect on my reading that is why I don’t read articles that are not relevant to me, or very long and complicated ones.”

Well, for the majority of people it would seem that it is true: Stress impacts reading. And not in a good way. For some reading is an escape, but for most, our daily lives bleed into our enjoyment of reading and make it difficult, if not impossible, to focus and enjoy. But some of these lovely people have found ways to de-stress. Now… if only they’d let me in on their secrets. :p

Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
Artificial Intelligence

6 thoughts on “Discussion Highlights: Stress & Reading”

  1. I suspect I actually hide in books when I’m stressed about other areas of my life. Kind of the bury your head in the sand approach.

    It does tend to influence my choice of book. I tend to go for something light and easy, that doesn’t require a lot of concentration. My empathy for others also plummets so I do have a low tolerance for characters with non problems (or who’re moaning about nothing).

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    1. You’re the second person to say they go for lighter, fluffier books when they are stressed, which I find interesting. But I am the same when it comes to empathy. I care so much less about characters unless they are overtly realistic when I’m stressed, but I also look for more involved books when I’m stressed. Something that utilizes lots of brain cells like scifi or mystery. :p is so weird


  2. Wow this is a wonderful topic to discuss and amazing way to go about it!!!
    I’ve been super stressed myself and reading which used to be my solace has seemed to be affected as well. I lack the motivation to pick up a book because my mind is still fluttering towards everything that I need to be doing!
    Hope everything calms down for you in your life soon! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 😀

      I am the same way. I am unable to focus on just one thing anymore. I am constantly bouncing to a bunch of different things and next I know, I’ve read a whole page and don’t know what I read. :p

      Thank you! I just have to get through finals week and then I think it will be better. 🙂

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