5 Things To Do When Reading Starts to Feel Like A Chore

No matter how much we love reading and/or blogging about books, we’re bound to feel the pressure of it one way or another, sooner or later.

I learned this the hard way back in August and September. I read more than 20 books those months (when I usually just read 5-7 books a month), just so I could keep up with my e-ARCs and blog tours and other various releases. It was fun, that much I can say. However, I could also feel myself so close to burning out (especially because I work graveyard shift) and just feeling like reading is a chore. It was somehow taking a toll on my mental health, too, and I hated that. As a book lover, and as someone who has relied on books for escapism and joy and peace, I hated feeling as if reading was a chore.

So after August and September, I decided I needed to do something to stop. I needed to break the cycle and get back to my happy place. Now, here I am sharing a few tips with you!

Here are five things to do when reading a book is starting to feel like a chore:

Pause and take a break.

The first thing you need to do is to pause and acknowledge you need to take a break. Take break from reading, maybe a week or two, just to breathe realign yourself and find your balance once again. It’s not much, but this can help you refresh your mind and spirit and keep you from being consumed by any sort of pressure.

Avoid NetGalley and Edelweiss.

Try to avoid galley requests as much as possible. E-arcs (and ARCs in general) are awesome, especially if you’re a blogger. However, for you to properly take a break, you need to stop requesting e-arcs every hour of the day (trust me, I would know). The more e-arcs you have, the more chances that reading will feel like a chore for you. It will also be harder for you to take a step back and take that much-needed break.

Do other things that bring you joy.

It also helps to find other things that can bring you joy. Find new things to do or experience, or reconnect with things that make you happy. Cook, watch movies, paint, clean the house, anything! As for me, I’ve taken a liking to regularly watching movies with my sister, and listening to BTS nonstop (I seriously think BTS saved me from burnout and gave me newfound life and inspiration, but I think that’s a story for another time).

Focus on yourself (aka self care!)

Of course, this is the perfect time for you to focus on yourself. Catch up on sleep, rewatch your favorite shows and reminisce, spend more time with your family, catch up with your friends, and more. Taking a break from reading also means taking care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to do just that.

Remind yourself that it’s okay to step back.

As I tried to adjust to this new routine, I often found myself feeling guilty for not picking up a book and reading. I had to constantly remind myself that it’s okay, that my books are not going anywhere, and there is no reason for me to push myself to a breaking point. You’ll need to do this, too. Remind yourself that it’s okay to take a step back. Be kinder to yourself and instill in your mind that it’s not a crime to take a break from reading.

I know many of you will agree with me when I say that books or reading is our safe place. But they can’t be our safe place if they’re also taking a toll on us. Remember to take a break from time to time and take care of yourself, too! And if you find yourself on the verge of a burnout just like I was, I hope these simple tips will be able to help you.

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