Here’s our definition of bibliotherapy
Bibliotherapy is all about feeling good with books: reading great novels, poems and stories to help us through difficult situations and feelings.
It’s also about nurturing our sense of wellbeing and feeling better in ourselves. Reading is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
Reading fiction is one of the easiest ways to relate to others when we feel isolated. Also, as we get to know characters, we get to know ourselves.
Bibliotherapy is a lifelong companion to all those who welcome it. You don’t have to sign-up for anything or hit rock-bottom before you consider it, simply pick up a book.
What’s the evidence of bibliotherapy?
In a study by Mindlab International at Sussex University, reading was proved 68% better at reducing stress levels than listening to music, 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea and 300% better than going for a walk.
– Fiction can help us prepare for the real world
– Reading fiction can improve our social skills
– Fiction can help us to change ourselves
– Books can help us to connect
– Fiction can make us more comfortable with change
We think bibliotherapy should be social
At LitTherapy, we know how handy bibliotherapy can be. However, we’re convinced that making it social is even more powerful.
By sharing and discussing books, we can get through problems together and share our experiences. Also, what better way to find incredible book recommendations?
It’s important to remember
Bibliotherapy is NOT a replacement for therapy and professional help. While it can be a great way to help you out with day-to-day problems, if you’re suffering from persistent, or severe, low mood, anxiety or other mental health issues, we persuade you to seek out the help that’s available first. Check out Mind or contact your GP for more.