Love reading but a little short on time? Then how about
listening to an audiobook while commuting, exercising, cooking or cleaning?
Some avid readers dismiss audiobooks, saying they are just
not as good as the real deal (and they mean the proper, paper kind).
But to our brains, there is little difference, says
“In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience,
researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley scanned the brains of nine
participants while they read and listened… Looking at the brain scans, the
researchers saw that the stories stimulated the same cognitive and emotional
areas, regardless of their medium.”
Psychology Today also points out the many ways
listening to novels and non-fiction can help us to become not only better read,
but also improve our mental health too. If you are prone to anxiety or depression
it can be hard to focus enough to read. But listening to someone else read
aloud can help replace your daily worries and negative thoughts with something
else. As an extra boost to your mental health, you can take your audiobook with
you on a walk.
Another bonus of audiobooks? They help relax your overworked
eyes and take you off screens. Too long spent looking at screens can lead to
eyestrain and long-term vision problems like myopia. Ditch the screen at the
end of the day and curl up with an audiobook instead.