Nicola Roberts wants people to read to improve their mental health
The Girls Aloud singer is championing The Reading Agency's Read, Talk, Share initiative that aims to combat loneliness and promotes wellbeing through the power of reading and finds that delving into a book is "a therapeutic escape" amid the coronavirus lockdown
27 February 2021
Nicolas said: "Wherever you are or whatever your circumstances, a good book enables you to leave your reality and get lost in the story you can't put down. There's a comfort in the occupancy you can't quite explain.
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"During lockdown, especially for those living alone, while there is nothing to busy your mind but TV and your own thoughts, reading can be a therapeutic escape."
The 35-year-old star revealed that her passion for reading has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and that she always gets a sense of "self-satisfaction" when she completes a book.
Nicola explained: "I often feel like I'm not being productive enough and with so many of us, especially those in the arts, not being able to do what we love the tiniest achievement of finishing a book really does give some self-satisfaction.
"I haven't been an avid reader all my life and it's only been since the world slowed due to the pandemic that I have grown to love reading as much as I do now. I wish I had made more time for reading as a girl while growing into a woman.
"That's why I'm proud to champion Read, Talk, Share which ultimately is about the power of books to bring us together, uplift us and help us through life's challenges."