Studies have shown that reading or mental stimulation can slow or even prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Keeping your brain active becomes more important as you get older. A prime example is my my nan who is in her eighty ninth year this year and she is still as sharp witted as she was twenty years ago. I put it down to her love of doing the crosswords and puzzles in her ‘Take A Break’ magazine that she religiously buys every week. I certainly wouldn´t want to challenge her to a game of Sudoku that’s for sure!
Reading a good book elevates your mind to another level, allowing the stresses of every day life to drain away. Or, if an interesting article for example about Valencia Real Estate catches your eye in the local newspaper or in a magazine, this too can be just as beneficial as it distracts you for that moment in time. There is no need to even have to leave the house in the morning and pop out for the local paper as today, more and more of us are using laptops and tablets to catch up with the week´s events.
Reading can help with your memory too. Remembering things gives your brain a work-out. It needs to be exercised just as much as any other muscle in the human body. So, maybe next time instead of automatically turning on the television, start reading or doing a crossword instead.