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Reading Slumps

A reading slump is when you're unable to read. It's not that the book you're trying to read is boring, or slow-paced, or that you dislike it. It's simply you're just unable to read. For me, specifically, I think it's mood. There is a lot going on right now and I can't seem to settle my mind enough to focus on a book. Which is so unfortunate because I had started A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama, a book I had been really, really looking forward to.

It's kind of a double edged sword - I'm mentally spent and in need of recharge time, which usually means reading for me, but I just can't settle my mind enough to focus on reading. I end up reading the same sentence over and over again and retaining not a word. Same with audiobooks. I have to rewind 15 seconds, rewind, rewind, retain nothing.

As annoying as it is, I'm going to rest for a bit and try to find another outlet for recharge. It's hard when you just don't feel like doing anything. I'll be real a second and say this is how I felt when I suspected I had postpartum depression and was indeed diagnosed as such. Building on that, if you have a therapist, I need you to feel grateful for that and recognize that you are lucky. I'm working my way through therapists on my insurance coverage page, each one coming back with not accepting patients right now. It's a tough time right now. Be well, friends.

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