Welcome to Bibliotherapy Thursday, where I will recommend books to suit your moods.
Before I go on, I must make a disclaimer. I am not a medical doctor or a registered therapist. I cannot give advice on mental health, nor will I even attempt to do so. If you feel blue or you need real advice, please visit a mental health professional.
How books help me cope
What I can do, is share with you the books that have helped me through my life as I tried to cope with its many challenges. I recently shared a post on how the library was my whole world when I was a child. Books have helped me through so many tough times.
So, I may not be qualified to give mental health advice, but I can recommend books based on what they’ve meant to me and how they’ve helped me make sense of the world.
Bibliotherapy Thursday: My rainy-day-read recommendation
Without further ado, here is my recommendation for a rainy-day read: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin.
Check out the Kindle preview:
Watch my video to find out why I liked Only Child so much:
Want to find out more about bibliotherapy? Read this article on The New Yorker entitled, “Can reading make you happier?” (The answer is yes, it can.)
For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with others, but exactly why and how is now becoming clearer, thanks to new research on reading’s effects on the brain. Since the discovery, in the mid-nineties, of “mirror neurons”—neurons that fire in our brains both when we perform an action ourselves and when we see an action performed by someone else—the neuroscience of empathy has become clearer. A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology, based on analysis of fMRI brain scans of participants, showed that, when people read about an experience, they display stimulation within the same neurological regions as when they go through that experience themselves. We draw on the same brain networks when we’re reading stories and when we’re trying to guess at another person’s feelings.
Anna Stroud may not be a professional in mental health, but she is a damn good writer (if she says so herself, in the third person to make it seem more legit.) Visit her website to find out more about Anna Stroud’s freelance writing and editing services.