By: Margie Lawson
No one has time to read all the books they’d love to read. Books by favorite authors. New releases. Classics. Rereads of live-in-your-heart books.
From romance to thrillers, memoirs to biographies, self-help to humor, books can help you transcend reality, boost your mood, whisk you away from your strife, your stress, your strain.
How can you lower your stress and carve out more time to enjoy books?
Audio-books to the rescue! Enhance Your Mind and Your Mood!
Visit your local library and treat yourself to a stack of audio-books. Audiocassettes or CD’s – it’s all good. Always check out five or more. You can renew on-line. Chances are if you check out five, you’ll have three or four winners.
When can you find time to listen to all those books?
When you step out of the shower. Start your day ‘reading’ while you get dried and dressed.
When you’re doing dreaded household chores. Audio-books motivate you to spend more time cleaning the kitchen so you can get to the end of that chapter – and get hooked on the next one.
When your domestic diva surfaces and you find yourself cooking, folding laundry, putting the zillion things away to de-clutter your home—because you cannot stop reading.
When driving more than ten minutes. Definitely when commuting to and from a day job or driving across town. Listening to audio-books makes your commute a fabulous non-fiction or festive or frightening or frivolous fiction-fest.
When exercising. Walking outdoors or on a treadmill. Rolling on your Yoga ball. Standing on your head.
If you’re an exercise DVD addict, go through the exercises with your DVD on mute and your audio-book going strong.
Audio-books can expand your creativity horizons as well as stimulate your brain. When life deals you a tough time, listening to audio-books can keep you sane. Sugar-free and fat free, they’re better for you and more stimulating than chocolate. Use audio-books to keep your body fit, your mind fit, and your mood fit.
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a national bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller." The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, is due out January, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net
Margie Lawson -- presenter, psychotherapist, writer -- lives at the top of a Colorado mountain west of Denver. Margie merged her two worlds, psychology and writing, to develop psychologically anchored editing systems and techniques that teach writers how to write page turners. A former college professor, Margie works as a psychotherapist, writes fiction and nonfiction, and presents full day master classes for writers internationally. Go to http://www.margielawson.com for more information.