Just doing my blog runs and came across this at my library blog and thought to share:
According to research from the University of Sussex:
"Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds..." This could occur by up to 68%.(Source: Telegraph)
It also found that it does so more quickly than other relaxation methods, including music, a walk or a cuppa.
It is believed that reading takes the mind away from other concerns and into alternative worlds and hence relieves the tension.
You can read more about the study at "Reading 'can help reduces stress'."