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Listen to your heart’s content this Mother’s Day, with titles for all types of self-care
Your partner bought you your favourite chocolates. Your kids brought you breakfast in bed (don’t worry, they’ll clean up the kitchen!). Your friends even called to wish you a happy day. It’s always good to know those closest to you acknowledge the work you do and the sacrifices you make. But there’s just one other person who needs to acknowledge and thank you this May 10th: You.
Being a mother is rewarding, but it is work. And any job, no matter how much you love it, needs a little vacation time built in. After all, as important as it is to care of your kids, it’s important to practice self-care as well.
This Mother’s Day, get yourself the gift of pure, uninterrupted, choose-your-own-adventure alone time. Get wrapped up in an exciting audiobook. Sink into the tub with a romance listen. Centre yourself with a yoga title. Pair a dark merlot with an even darker mystery. Whatever self-care means to you, that’s what your Mother’s Day present should be.
Here, in honour of you, are a few suggestions from Audible for how to take care of yourself this Mother’s Day. And if you aren’t a mother yourself, but want to give your mom the gift of a relaxing, rejuvenating day, consider getting her an Audible membership. Either way, we hope you’ll find these suggestions inspiring.
Catch Up on All Those Recommendations
“Have you heard the new audiobook by so and so? It’s amazing!”
How many recommendations do we get on a monthly basis, either from friends, family members or from the chatter in our Slack channels? If you’re like many busy moms, there’s a queue of fantastic audiobooks waiting for you, if only you had the time.
This Mother’s Day, clear a space for those audiobooks – the ones that make you think, make you laugh, make you cry. The ones that everyone’s buzzing about. A fantastic place to start looking for the buzziest audiobooks is Reese Witherspoon’s oft-discussed Hello Sunshine book club list.
On there, you’ll find titles like Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, which shot up to the top of the New York Times Fiction Bestseller List for a combined 30 weeks (30 weeks!) between this year and last. Owens’ tale of a girl who grew up alone in the North Carolina marshes is exquisitely detailed, haunting, heartbreaking and addictive. Where the Crawdads Sing will remain a perennial topic among literature lovers for years to come – listen to it now to join the conversation.
And a more recent entry on Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine list is Glennon Doyle’s Untamed. A relevant listen this Mother’s Day, the recent release is an intimate and impassioned memoir about family, womanhood and self-empowerment. It’s tender when it wants to be, angry when it needs to be and always engaging. If you’re looking to relax and smash the patriarchy this May 10th, Untamed is your audiobook.
For more buzzworthy listens, check out these popular audiobooks on Audible.
Make a Date with Romance, or Sink into a Criminally Addictive Audiobook
Not in a “catch up on recommendations” mood? Totally understandable. With a day of unstructured free fun, sometimes you just want to let your heart do the choosing.
Take your time to discover a new romance title that speaks to you. Find the most “you” romance title you can possibly find, then draw a bath and let the meet cutes begin. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, may we suggest House of Earth and Blood, Book 1 in Sarah J. Maas’ new fantasy romance series? Early Audible reviews call this one a winner!
Or, for a darker spin on relaxation, explore our collection of “Grip-lit” – mysteries and thrillers featuring female leads written by women – and spend your Mother’s Day on a white-knuckle ride that’ll have you shouting, “you’re in danger, girl!” To start, crack a bottle of wine and check out Sarah Pinborough’s new release, Dead to Her, a story of infidelity, jealousy, money and murder with more twists than that corkscrew you’re holding.
Celebrate You by Celebrating Moms
Listening can help us relax, laugh, think and feel. And it can also connect us to others. There’s an entire, often-unseen community of mothers across the globe that share similar experiences and feelings. Listening to their stories on Mother’s Day can be exactly the warm hug you need to feel seen, understood and appreciated.
The recently released Audible Original, Can't Take It Back is one such story. It details the interconnected lives of four women who meet through their kids’ kindergarten class, contrasting the complex private lives they lead and the complex bonds they form with one another.
If self-care to you means staying emotionally and spiritually connected to others, consider sharing stories with the moms in your life.
Keep the Relaxation Going
Self-care doesn’t stop at 11:59pm on May 10th. Give yourself the gift of a commitment to long-term relaxation with one of our health and fitness focused listens. At Audible, you’ll find titles on yoga, mental health, better sleep, a better sex life and much more.
One of our favourite listens for relaxation, however, is Aaptiv’s 21 Days of Meditation, an easy-to-follow but comprehensive guide for three weeks of mindful, calming and centering meditation. If your kids like to test your patience (as all kids do), this is how you study!
Whatever form self-care takes in your life, we hope you’ll find it at Audible. Whether it’s catching up on engaging recommendations, indulging in a romance or thriller, sharing your experiences with other mothers or simply fluffing the meditation pillow for a long, calming meditation session – we’re there for you this May 10th.