The Benefits of Audiobooks – Let’s be Practical

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Benefits of Audiobooks

I used to be an avid reader many years ago, especially before kids! Now I have 4 adorable children with one of those darlings now an adult. If any of you have children you might relate to how challenging it is to get the chance to read. Especially by the time it’s bedtime, Some of us don’t have the energy to stay awake reading. Daytime is spent running around doing errands, housework or working which takes away precious reading time.  Plus, when I find a good book, it’s hard to put down so can spend too much time reading instead of ticking off my to-do list.  Over the years, I’ve really missed not being able to read books. Until now. I’ve discovered audiobooks perhaps later than others, but I am glad I finally have. Books are now on AUDIO! Woohoo! This makes life that little bit easier, so allow me to share with you the benefits of audiobooks and show you how to incorporate them into your life.

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Learning Styles

If you are reading for the benefit of learning, it can be quite a challenge for some people who don’t have an auditory style of learning. What I mean by this is, that we all have a particular learning style. The most common is visual. Many of us fit into visual but what if you have an auditory style of learning? This makes it harder if you need to read something but find it hard to concentrate due to either the content of the book or you’re struggling because you have an auditory style of learning. Until now that is. You can download audiobooks instead as an alternative to reading books. This will allow you to learn using your preferred learning style instead of struggle.

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Time Management

With so many of us burning the candle at both ends, rushing from one activity to the next, we just don’t find time to sit quietly and read something of value. Having an audiobook, however, would be the perfect time to pop in the headphones and utilize our time effectively listening to an audiobook. This will help make it easier to learn something new while doing our errands.

I know people who have to travel for an hour or longer to work. Being able to listen to an audiobook will help you use your time efficiently on your way to and from work.

Holiday Travel Time

Maybe even on your holiday, you can zone out listening to an audiobook instead of taking your book everywhere with you. In particular while making your way to your destination. Whether you’re driving or the passenger, being able to listen to an audiobook can help you get the chance to listen to a book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t had the chance as yet.

Books Are Bulky

The bulkiness of books can also be a hindrance, especially when going from one place to the other. I don’t know about you, but if I have a couple of books on the go, I don’t want to have to decide which one to take with me to work or on holiday and increase the weight of my bag. At least when you’ve got your books on your device, you can take your library of books where ever you go and they won’t weigh you down. Also, you don’t have to make a decision on which one you want to take with you. You will have to decide at some point though when you press play on your book :).

Minimalist’s Dream

Having Audiobooks can also be a minimalist’s dream! I have many friends who are minimalist. I’m sure they will be nodding their heads in agreement. Books can take up a lot of space which can be too much for a minimalist. By having them stored on your device instead, you reduce the amount of space they can take up in your home. It also means less dust :).

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Vision Impaired

Having audiobooks available now is a blessing for those who are vision impaired.  Audiobooks have been around for a long time for the vision impaired, however, the number of books was limited until the boom of technology.

Disinterested Readers

Did you know that there are people out there who aren’t even interested in reading? I didn’t until one of my children came under that definition. So it’s been a challenge encouraging her to read. Now, however, she can listen to books alongside her learning how to read. You might be worried that using audiobooks for children might impact their ability to learn how to read. If they are still exposed to doing the school curriculum and practicing alongside audiobooks, it can actually help build their interest in reading along with the book.

Another benefit of audiobooks is they can also help build on critical thinking. So fear not, your child can still learn valuable skills when listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks can also help improve memory and learning.

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Attention span

While listening to audiobooks, one’s ability to focus is enhanced, thus increasing one’s attention span. With so many children struggling to focus, incorporating audiobooks into one’s daily routine could help improve their attention span.

Annunciation and Fluency

When listening to an audiobook you can also hear how words are said, as well as the pace and intonations of sentences. This can help build on how to read with fluency and say the words clearly. this can be helpful for children and young people, as well as those learning English as a second language.

Mental Health

As a parent, and perhaps when you were little yourself, reading to young children has a warmth and connection from the caregiver/reader who’s voice and presence is comforting as they read stories. Storytime can be a calming and comforting time for children. This fosters a love for listening to stories, as well as having a positive connection with.

Stress Relief

It helps relieve stress and takes your focus off everyday stress and thoughts around this and redirects those thoughts to what you’re listening to.

Different Senses

In a world so driven by technology and visual overstimulation using your hearing sense gives you a break from using the visual sense and helps your eyes relax.

Shifts Negativity

Our minds are flooded with negativity. By listening to audiobooks it makes us shift where our negative thoughts are focussed on and instead allows room for alternative emotions.

Heart Mindfully’s focus is within the realm of Mental Health and Wellbeing. We focus on self-love, self-care, self-awareness and being present. There are also books that can help with various aspects of one’s wellbeing and emotional health. Here are a few of the audiobooks that I feel are relevant to this website’s focus…

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Final Words

So by considering getting audiobooks into your life, you will have heaps of practical benefits as well as mental health benefits to suit everyone in your family. Fear not that it takes away one’s ability to read. If anything it is a valuable tool in helping build interest in reading, increasing one’s critical thinking, and memory. Audiobooks are also time-saving and save on space.

Do you have any questions or experiences with audiobooks? Share your thoughts below.

Blogging in the Well-Being Niche – Black Friday Savings

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My Journey in How to Work from Home in the Well Being Niche

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I’ve had many people ask me how do I make a blog of my own. They have seen my posts, my website and have enjoyed reading my ideas on how to manage emotions, stress and the numerous ideas I have shared thus far through my blog. So I thought I would share more of how I have created this website and how you too can create a website of your own through a place dear to my heart. Although counselors aren’t money-hungry we still need to be able to feed our families and earn an income. So this post shares my journey of how I started blogging in the Well-Being Niche.

I’m a fan of integrity, honesty and being upfront. With this in mind, I found a platform and learning community that truly has these qualities.

Once I had a family, I found it hard to leave my children to returned to work after maternity leave. I, like many other mums, experienced a range of emotions including guilt, sadness, and worry about how they were managing during the day.  I was lucky. They were looked after very well by the carers at our daycare center. It didn’t take long before I adjusted.

The downfall of this was that I had to rely on doing work to get paid. I know this is the norm, but I felt there had to be alternatives to relying on being paid by an employer. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the work I was doing. I still do this work in the counseling field. But I also felt it ironic that I had to leave my own family to help other children and their families. I was torn.

This led me to ask many questions about how do people make money online? Is there a way that I can work from home and create a side hustle? There are so many scams out there. It It took me a couple of bad experiences for me to realize that not everyone has your best interests at heart. They only want your money or want you to promote their high ticket items.  Or rip you off with fake programs that don’t do what they claim to.

When Wealthy Affiliate Entered Into My Life

After reading a review of one of these high ticket-with-slick-sales-pitches I came across Wealthy Affiliate. They knew exactly what I had experienced with that horrible MLM style company that I nearly wasted too much money on. Luckily I didn’t get sucked in for long. Instead, I joined Wealthy Affiliate with a free membership to get started. I read and absorbed as much as my free membership allowed me to. After the first month, I was offered a discounted next month followed by the regular monthly payment. It was within my budget so I decided to go premium. I haven’t looked back since.

Initially, it was a struggleblogging and the well-being niche for me. I’m very shy when it comes to asking questions. I remember my year 7 teacher telling me to I needed to speak up and ask questions. The same feedback came to me again in high school. I just didn’t like feeling vulnerable by not knowing the answer and potentially looking dumb. Of course, it’s all my own perception, but when you don’t have the skills or awareness it’s hard to work through these issues on your own.

Sense of Community

Once I joined the WA community, I read so much and learned so much, but I had a sticking point. It would really help if I could ask questions. By asking questions, one gets help from the community. There are many people of varying knowledge and skills who can answer most if not all questions. Even the so-called ‘silly ones’ that I thought mine would be. It would have taken me much less time to work out how to do things if only I had asked questions. Long story short, I have, with time and growing confidence, been able to ask questions and share my experiences with others where I felt I had knowledge. This has helped me build up confidence in the online world and work things out with help from a large community.

That’s how I realized how valuable being part of a community with similar interests and values are while learning how to make money online.

Empowering

The thing that I value the most with the Wealthy Affiliate platform is that it provides a tonne of educational resources that you have access to for as long as you remain a premium member. I have a few university degrees in my chosen career, but none of them make money online. I was hungry to learn so this sat extremely well with me. My learning curve has been massive and I continue to learn new things two years later.

Getting someone else to do things for you is convenient sure. But you are then at their mercy in a sense. You need to ask them how to do something or do it for you. I know I don’t like asking people for help. I’m too independent and feel satisfied with myself knowing that I can do things for myself. It creates a deep sense of achievement. It’s also a good dopamine boost to the brain. Read more about feel-good hormones here.

Honest Values

The people who created Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle and Carson, have real integrity. Of course, they’re making money too, but they actually encourage and advocate paying it forward. Yes even in the online world and creating your own brand etc, they encourage everyone to pay it forward. Help each other out. This sits very well with my own values.

They also share how to make money online. They don’t hide anything. Which makes being part of this community feel good while learning how to blog.

 

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Niche Programs

The range of niches that you can create a new website in is wide and varied. It is best to narrow it down so that it’s not too broad.

Even the Self Help niche is too broad. There’s so much to cover however is so broad for people to find you in a search. Motivational, self-awareness, mental health, inspirational are all possible niches that one can build out a viable niche in.

So if you were to have a blog about mental health, there are a few sites that you can join to become an affiliate for and then write a blog using keywords that have mental health as part of the keyword or related to the topic you are writing content for. Here are some examples.

Online-therapy

Talkspace

Self-therapy Journey

Hypnosis Downloads

Books on Self Help, personal development and a wide range of well-being topics.

Products promoting wellbeing and boosting one’s mood such as these.

Meditation tools

Anxiety Programs

As you can see there are a lot of opportunities for affiliates who want to create a website in wellbeing, self-help, and mental health niches.

You can share your knowledge, experience and desire to help others while also working from home and creating an income from your efforts.

Wealthy Affiliate is my choice for learning how to do this from scratch because of their integrity, honesty and genuine help to share with others in how to build an income from home with blogging.

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I know it can be hard to know how to start your online business. I can honestly say that Wealthy Affiliate has been the best place for me to learn, grow, and build a business from the ground up. Getting the right education will help you get started on your own online blogging in the well-being niche. You can sign up for free here. to give it a test run and see what you think.

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Have you been thinking about starting your own website in the well-being, self-help or personal development niche? If so, consider becoming a member of the Wealthy Affiliate community. I will support you along your journey. If you have any questions or experiences, please leave them below.