Reading for Wellness

Reading for Wellness Course from the University of Warwick

Next month I am starting an online course from the University of Warwick through Future Learn called Literature and Depression: Reading for Wellbeing.

This is a subject I have always been interested in, and while I don’t suffer greatly from depression, having an autoimmune disease that often makes me extremely fatigued means that reading  is a great solace to me, because it gives me the ability to rest my body while I engage my mind (podcasts are also great!).

Even more importantly, reading the right book or poem at the right time can offer  a great sense of wonder, which is definitely what makes me enjoy living and helps me make the most of every day.  I should preface the phrase ‘right book at the right time’ by saying that I mean the right book at the right time for me.  Everyone’s reading needs and desires are different, and my perfect leisure reading or reading for solace will not be the same as someone else’s.  We all have different reading paths.

I am excited to learn more about reading that may offer comfort, however, and I am looking forward to learning about some famous readers and what peace they found.  I hope that this course will help me expand my bibliotherapy offering in future and it will definitely help me with Readers Advisory at the library.

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