After advertising my blog around on Twitter (Fandomlvr) and Facebook last night it was brought to my attention that most people have depression AND anxiety at the same time.
Most seem to think it’s one or the other and that’s a large misconception. It’s becoming better known that having one usually leads to the other, as you’re stuck in your head in with these thoughts that never seem to cease and thus drive you insane, usually depression first then anxiety kicking in second. But I think that’s where books come in as the relief.
When it comes to depression and books, say contemporary, real life type, YA books, I find reading these types are the best in my worst moments. While most would say “It’s just a book, none of that is real.” Where that might be true, it’s also false. Because a lot of writers write from real experiences. I find reading contemporary, real life type books during depression gives me a sense of “Okay, life doesn’t suck, after all. I might be able to find some sort of light at the end of my darkness. Have a life and love and happiness.” It gives me a sense of hope and purpose. My books make me happy. It turns my brain off for a time while making me think my life isn’t that bad.
My personal anxiety times, when the depression isn’t compounding at the same time, is a little weirder. For me it helps to read a fantastical book. Paranormal, magical, other worldly something or other. I think it just takes my mind else where and turns off the “OMG, I have no future, no love, no money, no this or that or other thing” thoughts that a contemporary or romance novel says you can or should or COULD have by a certain age. The fantasy turns off the panic, as much as we want it all to be real, we it redirects my thoughts into something fun and calms me down. Which is probably why MOST of my books are if the fantasy/paranormal type. Lol
Really, I’m putting this out there as I’m sort of rambling due to thoughts I’ve had in my head since last night. Maybe it’ll help you pick out how you read your books.
Try some different genre types. See what works during your darkest and anxious ridden times. Read before a job interview. A test. A doctors appointment you’re worried about.
My books help me through a lot and help me hold on each day, along with my adorable dogs Oreo & Bear. Lol. Find things to read and strive for in your every day to love. A book, a beautiful flower, your pet, or your loved ones.
Just hold on & Read ❤