Then earlier this week came the bombings in Manchester which are beyond belief.
I think part of the role of stories is to comfort and console in troubling times. There is absolutely nothing wrong with escapism (indeed I believe it is necessary at times). I think sometimes you do need stories to take you out of yourself. Yes, sure, there are stories and books that explore issues but do you really want those when life is grim? I certainly don't. I can come back to those when life has settled down and I am ready for a more challenging read.
So to any and all who are going through a grim time of it, for whatever reason, I hope you can find the right stories that will console, cheer or be whatever it is you need them to be to help you find some relaxation. It has been my experience that if I do not have periods where I can just relax, I become far too tense and am not much use to anyone else. The strain literally shows. A relaxed me is of far more use! And books can help here, as can music. I truly believe them to be gifts from God for us to utilise for our enjoyment, and yes our mental health too.