Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.
As a professional speaker, you’re usually up to your eyes in meetings, business reports and memos. Taking the time to read a book for pleasure may seem like folly, but expert speaker Andy Core says it’s one of his favorite ways to feel better and more well.
It may seem a little unbelievable at first, but reading carries many health benefits. Your brain needs its own form of relaxation, just like every other part of you, and reading a book for pleasure, giving your brain some down time from facts and figures, is a great way of doing it. Put the quarterly report aside for 15-60 minutes each day and watch how fast your concentration and mood improve.
Reading for pleasure also makes you feel more relaxed which, in turn, can get you more psyched up and motivated about tackling your work problems. If the office is feeling daunting, a professional speaker suggests reaching for a little Dante to put things in perspective. After all, how bad can your workplace problems be when the characters you’re reading about constantly experience much worse?
While a professional speaker often has their plate full to the max, they can usually be found with a tattered copy of their favorite novel in their briefcase. Take cues from them and it’ll only be a matter of days before you, too, notice the change as stress melts from your life.
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