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Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership self-care calendar: day 6

Day 6: Listen to an audiobook

Reading can offer a wonderful escape into our imaginations, and it’s proven to be good for our wellbeing. But, what about the people whose mental health might make reading difficult?

Just 6 minutes of reading can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds, according to research from the University of Sussex. But when your mind is keeping you from concentrating, what else can you do?

Audiobooks can be a great way to still get the enjoyment and benefits of reading – try it with your local library, on Audible or Spotify.

Helpful links:

Listening Books: Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook service to over 100,000 members who have a disability or illness that impacts their ability to read the printed word. https://www.listening-books.org.uk/

Audible: Start a free trial today and receive a free audiobook. Explore the world’s largest selection of titles by best-selling authors. https://www.audible.co.uk/

Audiobooks.co.uk: Romance, thrillers, young adult. Fiction, business and bios – we’ve got them all in our library of more than 200,000 audiobooks. Browse around, check out our recommendations and take a look at what other members are listening to. https://www.audiobooks.co.uk/learn_more

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX1L0MDB1OhZy

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