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Post Reply Does anyone feel this way when they want to enjoy reading a book?
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Try changing your location. For me, im an outdoor kinda guy and I love being near the water. I NEVER read at home....ever. When I feel like reading I drive down to the bay, not far from the ocean. Im always at ease there and pretty relaxed. I'll read a few pages then stare out over the water for a few minutes contemplating whatever it is that Im reading. So Id suggest finding a spot that works for you in that regard.

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I had this problem in the Summer when my anxiety flared up big time. I just gave up on reading until I could get better, not that that's going to help you so much.

I guess.. anything that might chill you out, and/or choose books that you find are easier to read than others. Just don't try to force yourself if you can't focus, you'll only get more frustrated and find it more difficult.

I also recommend graphic novels and audiobooks.
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Jaedia wrote:

I had this problem in the Summer when my anxiety flared up big time. I just gave up on reading until I could get better, not that that's going to help you so much.

I guess.. anything that might chill you out, and/or choose books that you find are easier to read than others. Just don't try to force yourself if you can't focus, you'll only get more frustrated and find it more difficult.

I also recommend graphic novels and audiobooks. :)


I never thought of trying an audiobook because I wasn't too sure about it. I do read manga...online though.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Jaedia wrote:

I had this problem in the Summer when my anxiety flared up big time. I just gave up on reading until I could get better, not that that's going to help you so much.

I guess.. anything that might chill you out, and/or choose books that you find are easier to read than others. Just don't try to force yourself if you can't focus, you'll only get more frustrated and find it more difficult.

I also recommend graphic novels and audiobooks. :)


I never thought of trying an audiobook because I wasn't too sure about it. I do read manga...online though.


My other half has dyslexia so slightly different reasons for his struggling with reading I suppose but he swears by audiobooks. ^^

Don't forget about Western graphic novels too! I haven't had much chance to branch out but have heard amazing things about Gaiman's Sandman series, theres Locke & Key, The Walking Dead.. depends on your tastes but plenty out there.
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well i suppose i have this happen, but when i read a book it has to be a book i really really like, the same things happens to me and my thoughts trail off but if its a bok i know im going to enjoy and love i visualize what everything is like as im reading it
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I read a chapter, I remember the basic idea, but I don't remember the other details.
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Babelish wrote:

I got that problem to except that my mind wanders off into daydreams and suddently im a whole chapter ahead of what i remember. and when i try to read it again, the same thing happens over and over again, but thats not the only time my daydreaming got out of controll, during school, when i was with friends, when im at the bus, train, tram you name it, the thing i found that helps is to just let it be, let you finish your day dreaming and then go back to what you did before you started, of course that might not always be the best idea but it helps me to focus on the book im reading. might be a long progress but id say its well worth it :)


I have the same thing happen to me all the time.
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I'm that way with the first couple chapters to a book, after awhile the story grips you and it "flows" better.
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Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:


Babelish wrote:

I got that problem to except that my mind wanders off into daydreams and suddently im a whole chapter ahead of what i remember. and when i try to read it again, the same thing happens over and over again, but thats not the only time my daydreaming got out of controll, during school, when i was with friends, when im at the bus, train, tram you name it, the thing i found that helps is to just let it be, let you finish your day dreaming and then go back to what you did before you started, of course that might not always be the best idea but it helps me to focus on the book im reading. might be a long progress but id say its well worth it :)


I have the same thing happen to me all the time.


but on the good side, the daydreams are often better then the book
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Daydreams are even better. The dreams you get at night are greater when it becomes so vivid to you.
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books make up my Entire life
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midnight_twist wrote:

books make up my Entire life


Ah okay.
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If it isn't the book, than it could be stress. but imo book reading is a great stress relief and takes my mind of the daily toils of life. still i know what you mean when you just cant concentrate on it.
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ohaitharr wrote:

If it isn't the book, than it could be stress. but imo book reading is a great stress relief and takes my mind of the daily toils of life. still i know what you mean when you just cant concentrate on it.


Can thinking about random thoughts both negative and positive too much cause stress?
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Haha.... You make it sound like i'm speaking some other language..... Neway... Just to clarify.... When I say books I mean 'Novels' ok..
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