Yesterday was rather traumatizing, and I am still recovering today. A large truck (not quite a semi but still big) turned from the wrong lane and hit our car, smashing my side into the barrier on the side of the road. Luckily, my mother and brother are both fine as am I physically. However, the images that flashed through my mind will not leave me alone.
Anyway, this proved to be a perfect time to use a coping skill. Thankfully, I had brought along the new book I am reading aloud to Mario: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. This fantastic novel helped take my mine off of the accident.
Reading aloud can be a very distracting and thus helpful coping skill. Many times before, I have blogged about my love of reading and how it can be a great skill to use during times of stress or anxiety. Sometimes, however, the voices in your head are too loud to drowned out by sitting quietly and reading a book. No matter how hard you try to concentrate, you find yourself losing your place.
Adding the process of speaking the words aloud engages your whole body. If you read to someone else, probably a child, this coping skill often works even better. Now someone else is entering into another world or era with you. Hearing the story helps me to fully appreciate stories often and understand parts of them that I had previously glossed over or skipped.
Mario’s reading has greatly improved which makes it a bit harder for me to justify reading aloud to him. However, even adults can read to one another. Years ago, men used to woo women with poetry and written verse. Why can’t we go back to doing that again? Using the words of great authors to make connections with one another and explore deep subjects?
This week, I challenge you to try reading aloud if you need a release of anxiety or a distraction. If you can find someone to read to, that is great. Otherwise you can do it alone in your room. Either way, this coping skill might help you to better enjoy literature and escape from current stress for a little while.
- Why reading aloud is important by expatsincebirth
- Children’s Books and the Joys of Reading Aloud by Ciarrai Studios
- There and Back Again, Again – The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien by Robin’s Books
- Art and vulnerability in wilderness places by Wilderness of Motherhood