I Haven’t Read a Book in 5 Months and I Blame my Anxiety

It’s true. Well, almost. I read a collction of quotes by Oscar Wilde while on the train a couple of days ago.

And that’s it.

I follow some people on Youtube that talk about books with passion and love and I haven’t been able to read. I’m so out of the loop, I don’t know what books are popular, I don’t know what people are talking about and I hate it. I don’t think that is what reading is all about but it’s nice to be part of a community!

Last year I read 38 books out of the 60 I had planned. Still, 38 is a good number.

This year I haven’t even started.

The problem is, I’ve been dealing with my anxiety and reading doesn’t help me with it.

I can’t concentrate and I can’t listen to music while I read or I won’t understand a thing.

Reading doesn’t keep my brain busy enough from spiralling and going down the rabbit hole. I wish it did. I really do.

It just doesn’t.

I miss it. I really do.

I’m trying to get back into it but it’s really hard. Amazon is giving me 90 free days on Audible and I hope this summer I’ll be able to listen to a couple of them.

I’m just desperate to get back into them. I want to talk more about them, avoid my anxiety from controlling my brain and letting me enjoy my reading experience.

Do you have any advice on how to get over this horrible slump?

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3 thoughts on “I Haven’t Read a Book in 5 Months and I Blame my Anxiety

  1. I can’t say I’ve dealt with anxiety stopping me from reading, but I have dealt with reading slumps.
    My advice would be to either read a favourite book of yours again because that’ll be easy and you’ll know you’ll like it, or to read a new good book by someone trusted (sibling, best friend, YouTuber whose opinions you find trustworthy and real…) who recommends it so you’re more likely to not give up or dislike it.
    Also perhaps focusing on big goals like 60 books may not help. If you like having achievements, maybe make it less (10 books?) or like 2 books by a new author or 2 books you really really enjoyed.
    Hope that helps and you get back into reading again!

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    1. Thank you so much for your advice!! I’ll definitely try and re-read my favourites! This year I set the goal to… 30? Or 20? I don’t remember.
      I hope I’ll get back into it, especially this summer.


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