Feeling down? Read a book.

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Although it is harder to concentrate on reading, I find it's a great way to relax that doesn't involve a screen. It can also help you emotionally by removing yourself from your thoughts for a short, or long, period of time.

I read a chapter at a time, and then take a break. It's really hard to focus for longer than that period for me, but everyone will be different so test out what works for you. 

Here is my list of recommended books to read during a recovery period, or even after:

1. Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur

This is probably the most recommended book for anyone going through a TBI who has problems with concentration for extended periods of time. Milk and Honey is a novel that features short poems and sketches. It is SO easy to read. This book is primarily for women features many poems about how to stay strong. It's focus is violence and abuse, so it may not entirely relate to your situation but I find the poems to still be motivational. Rupi Kaur also has another book The Sun and Her Flowers which is another good read if you finish and enjoy this one.

There are many short poem books out there if this one isn't for you. 

2. The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

SPOILER: This is majorly a self-help book. I am not a huge fan of self help books, but early on in my recovery I decided to give it a shot. If you go into it taking everything in the book with a grain of salt, it might lift your spirits. This book focuses majorly on general every day happiness and how to stay positive. 

3. The Happiness Equation - Neil Pasricha

Again with the self help books? Ugh. I promise this is a good one. I actually enjoyed this one more than The Happiness Project. This book focuses more on career and advancement, but I was reading it at a time where I was trying to figure out a career change and found it helpful. It also gives some good tips that are relatable to TBI like how to eliminate choice, which is helpful because I'm extremely indecisive.

This author also has a famous book he wrote before this one, The Book of Awesome, which I haven't read yet but has great reviews. 

4. Any Harry Potter Book

I don't know why, but I felt like I could relate to Harry Potter because of his head scar issues LOL. They're also really good.

 

Hopefully some or all of these book suggestions will work for you. If a book worked for you and isn't on this list, let me know what it is and why it worked!