6 Audiobooks and Activities for Relaxation Day

Do you do enough of the things you love? Most of us don’t. In between congested traffic, overcrowded (and perpetually late) transit systems, mile long to-do lists, and committing to plans we wish we didn’t make in the first place, it can be hard to just be. We’ve coupled relaxing activities with audiobooks to make the most of Relaxation Day (which can also be enjoyed beyond August 15!).

 

Walking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. A Walk in the Wood by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent, narrated by Dr. Joseph Parent

The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through thoughts, memories, and worries. Who better to guide this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods.
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Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter, narrated by Nell Painter

Following her retirement from Princeton, Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone by returning to school to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. She travels to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, finds meaning in the artists she loves, and struggles with the balance of the pursuit of art and the demands of a life fully lived. 
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Doing a puzzle

Painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Slow by Brooke Mcalary, narrated by Larissa Gallagher

Are you constantly striving to keep up with life’s busy expectations? It’s easy to feel consumed with the desire to “succeed” and “acquire,” and miss the simple opportunities waiting for you to slow down: a walk in the forest, sharing laughter with family, a personal moment of gratitude. Slow is an inspirational guide on creating a life filled with what really matters.
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Taking a bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum, narrated by Rebecca Mozo

As California suffers a terrible drought with seemingly never-ending wildfires, reporter Diana Marcum finds herself still dreaming of the Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for, including an unexpected love.
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Baking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts, narrated by Eloise Secker

When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her job in the city. When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew.
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Laying in a hammock

Hammock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Erin Bennett

It’s Nantucket wedding season, and the Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony. But it’s going to be memorable for all the wrong reasons after tragedy strikes: a body is discovered in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony-and everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect.
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