These days, it is easy to get caught up with technology and the accessibility of information on smartphones and tablets. The ability to watch a show, pull up a news story, and learn something new at the touch of the screen can be exhilarating. It is also the reason why the newest generation is one of the most distracted. Whenever possible, encourage the turn of real pages and the imagination and fun that goes along with it. Plant the seed for a desire to learn, read, and grow through reading.
Reading is a pastime enjoyed by many people; when time allows. Those who spend their days caring for another person, whether they are family or not, are a very special kind of people. They sacrifice their time and energy to make sure another person is properly cared for on a daily basis. Being a caregiver can be exhausting and fulfilling, all at once. Caregivers need to remember to take time to recharge and regroup. It’s important to maintain balance between providing care for others and taking a break for personal relaxation. With hectic schedules and chores that often call us away from a good book, reading can be viewed as a leisure activity. Some may say that reading is a great form of escape and wonderful for relaxation for the reader. There are many books out there that offer up tips and advice for those who wish to start providing care for a loved one. According to studies, reading can greatly reduce stress, and a book filled with suggestions for further reduction in stress can be especially helpful for a hardworking caregiver. While reading in solitude is a peaceful activity, it can be especially beneficial to read something aloud.
There are many benefits of reading out loud; especially to a loved one. One benefit is the ability to hear your own voice while reading. Reading out loud usually involves bodily movements such as hand motions and other gestures that might not otherwise be employed while reading to oneself. If reading to children, it can be an opportunity to brush up on acting skills and pull out special voices for the characters. This can be fun for both the reader and the listeners!
When reading aloud, there is no other option than to simply focus on the task at hand. Reading out loud helps to sharpen focus. Using your voice to read the words that you see on the page helps to reinforce the mental connection. Therefore, reading out loud is a form of exercise for the mind. Reading out loud also boosts comprehension and helps to internalize the words that are spoken.
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