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The 7 books that help Shaun Kenny-Dowall switch off

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nib Newcastle Knights Player Shaun Kenny Dowall

In addition to being a great form of entertainment, reading a book is also the perfect way to escape the daily grind.

Research conducted by cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis discovered that when it comes to relaxing, reading is more effective than going for a walk, having a cuppa or listening to music. Stress levels of study participants declined by 68 per cent after reading for just six minutes.

To coincide with Mental Health Month, we asked nib Newcastle Knights winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall to share the books that help him switch off.

This book is all about mentality and leadership. It takes you through the four basic principles to live your life by, and they are powerful statements. I read this book for the first time five years ago and have reread it a few times since. I get something new out of it each time I pick it up.

This book talks about the benefits of having a daily routine. It taught me the benefit of waking up early and starting the day in a positive way, whether that’s with a workout or meditation.

This one is about your purpose and what makes you tick. I first read this three years ago. It taught me to get away from my phone and appreciate nature.

It speaks about overcoming adversity and refers to life as a journey. Through this book, I’ve learnt about how good things can come from bad situations.

This book is about the All Blacks and the principles the team lives by. It talks about leadership and culture – no one is bigger than the team. Someone gave this book to me just before I joined the Knights. It’s a really interesting read.

This is an Aussie crime book based on a true story. It was an awesome read – I really found it hard to put this book down. It’s a fascinating story, which really made it easy to switch off and get lost in the book.

This book talks about energies and how finding your purpose can help your relationship with your partner. It’s all about relationships and energy.

Keen to read more tips and advice on how to reduce stress and improve your overall mental wellbeing? Check out our Mental Health Month series.

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