Source: @booksbyze. Zoe Giles social media.
By Aliyah Butt
Most people during this pandemic have been able to find a new coping mechanism to help divert their attention whilst being indoors.
According to the BBC, more than 4 in 10 Britons are turning to cooking, gardening or reading and that’s around 42-45%. A 2009 study of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%.
This is mainly because reading books lowers heart rates and eases any tense muscles one may have. This proves that reading can be seen as a major health benefit during this pandemic as well as generally.
Throughout lockdown many influencers have come forth in partnership with BBC and showcased why and how they are benefitting from this new hobby.
Zoe Giles, a social media influencer told the BBC: “I think since lockdown so many more people have started reading, but also reconnected with reading. It really inspired me to just get involved and instantly people started commenting. I started interacting with them and enjoying discussing something that I love with other people that loved it too.”
She added: “Since lockdown I found that I was able to read a lot more than I did before and it just gave me comfort in a really, really stressful time.”
Elham Aulaqi, another social media influencer told the BBC: “Lockdown has definitely changed my relationship with reading and definitely for the better. Reading’s offered me a sense of comfort and a sense of relaxation. Its’ just enabled me to alleviate the stresses of the outside world.”
There has been a new wave of influencer’s on social media who are constantly sharing their passion for reading. Reading has almost become a lifestyle change that has been adopted by many people.