Rekindling my love for reading

Since I was a young boy, I've always loved reading. In addition to writing, it is one of the few activities that can truly get me into a 'flow state.'

I also know from years of tracking, that my mental health is positively correlated with the amount of books I read.

The more books I read, the better I 'feel' about life.

Unfortunately, over the last several years, I've noticed despite my love for reading, reading a book has become increasingly difficult.

I WANT to read, but find my mind is constantly getting distracted. Even when I use my Kindle (as opposed to phone) or physical book it's still a struggle.

I don't remember that being the case for the 1st 20 years of my life.

While it would be easy to use "social media" and "technology" as a scapegoat the reality is, I do think my consumption behaviors has had an impact on my ability to read, and I suspect I'm not alone.

One of the things I've been working to do is build the deliberate practice of deep reading. Like meditation, I've tried to read for short spurts at a time without interruption. If I get distracted, I continue staring at the book refusing to pick up my phone to 'relieve' that anxiety.

It's still in the early stages, but I've slowly noticed an improvement. I know it will take some work to get my reading focus back to where I want it to be, but truthfully it's one of the highest ROI areas of focus in my life right now.

Have you noticed it more difficult to read? If so, what have you done to solve the problem?