Five Tips for How to Read Again (Even When the World is Falling Apart)

Five Tips for How to Read Again (Even When the World is Falling Apart)

It took me three months into the COVID-19 quarantine to be able to open a book again. And even then, reading it was slow-going. Many people I’ve talked to still can’t seem to focus for long enough to read a book; they read a page, then reread it, then put down the book in frustration. This behavior makes unfortunate sense with all the anxiety of a deadly virus, an upcoming election, and the various disruptions our lives have experienced. Didn’t reading used to be an act that brought solace? Books the barriers from the world’s woes? Stories, our mutual getaway? Yes, yes, and yes…and they can be again! Here are five tactics to get back aboard the book train:

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1. Read what you like

2. Stop following politics!

3. Read something quicker

4. Set a time, make it a date!

5. Don’t read, relax