It helps relax and destress. By slowing down and taking the time to read, the body naturally relaxes; by escaping into another world readers can forget about their own problems temporary, and ‘take a break’ from reality for a short period of time
Reading is contagious! Reading to children at home to help them learn as well as encouraging reading as a fun activity will build lifelong habits, improving both literacy and mental health.
Ask your friends, family, and colleagues to take part; you can also help support us via direct donations, by purchasing Smiler merchandise and mostly importantly-by passing on the knowledge you’ve gained on the importance of stress reduction.
Why not join a book club to connect with other like-minded people and discuss the books you read?
When reading from a book it also gives our eyes a break from electronic ‘blue-light’ which stimulates the mind artificially. This is why reading a book before bed is better than watching tv.
Enjoy your time out stressing down! Please do keep us updated on how you like to de-stress. Use the hashtag #StressDownDayUK and tag us on Instagram @stressdownday.
If you would like to donate to the Stress Down Day cause, you can choose to purchase a Donation Package to the value of £20 which includes a Stress Down Day t-shirt, stress ball, badge, Stress Down with reading booklet and whilst stocks last a copy of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. You can also opt to donate your package to a veteran of the Emergency Services or their family member.