Weekend Projects

The Only Thing Your Home Needs from You This Weekend

published Sep 3, 2021
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Reading is therapy. Reading allows you to disengage your brain from the worries and stressors of life, and gives you a recharging break. In fact, reading a book is scientifically proven to be more relaxing than taking a walk or drinking a cup of tea. Indeed, in a mere six minutes, reading leads to slower heart rates and reduced muscle tension. According to a study conducted by Dr. David Lewis of the University of Sussex, reading “is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.” 

In honor of Labor Day weekend, let’s not work — at all — even on our houses, at least for a little while. Plus, guess what? This year, Labor Day falls on another lesser known holiday: National Read a Book Day. So this weekend you can celebrate both days.

Credit: Lauren Kolyn

This Weekend: Read a book.

Go back to what you used to do in the good old days and try to pick up an actual, physical book with words printed on pages that rustle when you turn them. There’s nothing quite like the tactile experience of a book as you’re reading it. Even if you’ve been an e-reader for years, stepping back in time to the way things used to be might be a portal to those far more carefree days when you stayed in bed on Saturday mornings devouring your latest “Anne of Green Gables” book.

Once you’ve got a book picked out, choose a spot in your home, deliberately. Will you snuggle up in the corner of the couch against the white down pillows? Or will you escape to the back porch and crack open the pages to the whistle of birdsong and the smell of late summer thunderstorms? Maybe a bubble bath will wrap you in steam while you lose yourself in a novel. Whatever place you land in, reading allows you to notice, remember, and enjoy the coziest, most welcoming and intimate spaces in your home.

It’s not often we make ourselves stop. But we could all use a pause, a healthy escape in the form of a book. So this weekend, we’re going to say yes to reading. Now tell us: Which book will it be?

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