Today the pupil librarians hosted a wellbeing and reading assembly for the whole school. Using resources from the National Literacy Trust they shared with others the benefits of reading to help with stress and anxiety.
The librarians reminded everyone about World Book Day which is next Thursday and encouraged them to make use of the WBD token they will be given to claim a FREE book!
(Taken from Read for Good newletter – March/April)
SIX MINUTES A DAY KEEPS THE STRESS AWAY!
With mental health issues on the rise amongst children and young people (What kids think about mental health, CHILDWISE, 2020), research by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex (2009) found that just six minutes of reading a day can reduce stress levels by 68%. Dr Lewis, who conducted the test, said: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.”
The National Literacy Trust (2017) also found that reading to help others boosts happiness and helps to foster positive attitudes towards reading. furthermore, reading attitudes were found to be the strongest predictors of mental well-being.
With books now regularly being prescribed by doctors as part of the treatment process for many mental health issues, the Reading Agency launched its Reading Well for Children book list . Empathy Lab have also compiled a fabulous set of books for their 2020 Read for Empathy Book Collections
As we approach World Book Day (Thusday 5th March) and Mental Health March month in Killicomaine it is important that we pause and think about the value of reading.
So. Do yourself a favour. Get to the library and get reading!