How to get out of a reading slump?

We all have good reading days and bad readings days. What do you do when the bad ones just keep going on? 

We, bookworms, sometimes stumble in bad times when, as much as we try, we can’t seem to read. Lots of lovely books that need reading on our to-be-read shelf, new books releasing every day, but we can’t seem to read. Yep, those are the worst days!

I’m sure you’ve experienced a few reading slumps. They’re not the best. They make you feel like you want to read but don’t want to read. You’d rather do anything else but concentrate on a book. I experienced one of those last years and it was one of my worst slumps ever.

I’ve listed down a few things that helped me get out of my slump and I hope they help you too.

  • Re-reading old favourites – This one happened to be by far the easiest method. It’s a struggle to focus on the book but most of the time; your favourite story gets you into reading faster than you can refuse. The fact that you already know the story get you going. You already know it so you’ve got nothing to lose even if you don’t finish it!
  • Distractions – Something that I often face is the pressure to finish the book even if I don’t enjoy it. This reason alone sends me running for the hills when it’s reading time. I’ve learnt to distract myself when I’ve reached this point. I focus on some other hobby. Once I’ve put some distance between my mind and the books, I find it easier to come back and read. Mostly eager to find a new story!
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    Comfy spots – One of the worsts that could happen is that you don’t find a comfortable spot to read and that puts you off reading completely. Make a nice comfy space for yourself, with blankets and pillows and position your back and neck properly so that you can read peacefully. I prefer reading in bed before I sleep so many times; I switch on the Air conditioner, get under the blanket, lie down on my pillow and read. One of the best feelings ever!

  • Connecting with nature – Reading on a beach or in a garden gives you a change in atmosphere and a different outlook. You feel fresher and the positivity of nature just gives a sense of calm and usually brings out the feel-good vibe. I tend to read next to my potted plants. Imagine reading in the rain with the thunder, lightning and a warm cup of coffee or tea. Now you know what I’m talking about.
  • Relaxing music – Music has always been amazing in calming one’s mind. Reading with soft music can help you relax which if you’ve been stressing, helps a great deal! Dancing and putting on a stadium show singing to your favourite artists also helps!
  • TV time – To distract yourself completely, watch some movie or tv show. Choose those that are film adaptations of the book. If the movie is made perfectly then you remember the good points and want to read those in the books. Well, if the movie adaptation wasn’t great then you want to rant and make sure to read the best bits in the book. Either way, it’s a win-win situation!

If you’ve experienced something like this then please share your thoughts. I would love to read new ways and methods for effective reading.

Featured image by Gabrielle Dickson on Unsplash

All the love R

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