Through my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 days of Drama-Free Living, I continuously point out how a vegetarian lifestyle creates healthy bodies, minds, and spirits that encompasses vegetarian meals, exercise (please always check with a physician before engaging in any exercise plan or change in eating habits), and mediation through various modes that may include walking, yoga, running, and reading.
This week in my prior post, I mentioned that one of the stress-free techniques that I engage in everyday is reading books and drinking tea.
Did you know that a research study performed by The University of Sussex in the U.K. have proven that just by reading, you can reduce your stress levels by 68%? These studies and others have proven that by reading, in particular reading fiction, you slow your heart beat, ease muscle tension, and change your state of mind to a more peaceful state.
Here is a great post from blogger Courtney Seiter on The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction: 9 Ways it Make Us Happier and More Creative. Courtney includes a great stress reduction in percentage comparison chart for reading vs listening to music, drinking tea, walking, and video games.