I didn’t know this was going to be such a stress reliever, but I love it. I have never been an audio learner; when I attend a seminar I can’t tell you what they said unless I look at my notes. I am more of a visual learner, and maybe even kinesthetic. I even underline items in a fictional book so I can go back to follow a family background or I would mark some philosophical statement a character would make. So I did not believe audio books would hold my interest.
About a year ago I heard some audio books on Sirius Radio. I really enjoyed listening to a variety of different stories. Unfortunately, I didn’t drive in the car at the same time every day so I wasn’t always able to keep up with a whole book and was disappointed to be left hanging in the middle of a story. (Sirius has since dropped that programming.)
One time we made a gas stop at a place called the Flying J on the way to California. I saw audio books in the store. I quickly chose two different ones to listen to in the car on the long drive. Because it was not “learning” or non-fiction, the story lines held my interest and I didn’t really have to take notes to learn something.
Since then I have found myself addicted to driving with an audio book on. I keep one in the car as much as possible. I try to listen to series books by an author so I can just keep ordering them from the library and listen to each one in order. In fact when my local library doesn’t have the next audio book I need, I get it sent from another branch to mine so I do not have to drive far to pick it up. When I have only 1 or 2 more disks to an audio book, I order the next audio book in the series. And, of course, some books are on mp3 format or can be played as e-audios on your tablet while you drive.
We’ve had a lot of medical issues in the past six months, me included where I suffered from November through the end of February before I had sinus surgery on all 8 sinuses and my husband has had one surgery and another one coming. One of the ways I can relax is listening to audio books. It’s an unusual organizing tip – but anything that can reduce your stress is well worth your time!
My best friend says it relieves her stress while driving stop and go for 40 minutes until she can get to work. She arrives more peaceful than when she was just concentrating on traffic. My two daughters have also taken up listening to audio books in the car. If you haven’t tried this stress reliever, consider it. It’s a great way to start and end your day.