Sound and noise are universal in our environments. It is so widespread we often do not notice it or simply categorize it as a harmless nuisance. Yet, this could not be further from the truth. Whether we realize we realize it or not, noise pollution is hazardous to the health to you and your loved one’s health.
What is Noise Pollution?
Environmentalists scientifically categorize constant or high-level sounds that disrupt the natural balance as being the result of exposure to “noise pollution.” This description applies to abnormal volumes and repetitive production of sounds or noise. Examples of noise pollutants include airport traffic, construction sites, music concerts, sporting events, fireworks, consistently playing with noisy toys/video games, and listening to personal music players or high-volume headphones.
Is Noise Pollution Harmful?
Because we can not see it, smell it does not mean it cannot harm us.
Surprisingly, the most common victims of noise pollution are our children. Numerous diseases, birth defects, and immune system changes are traced back to noise pollution. This includes psychological effects, as well.
Approximately 40 years ago a link between low-birthweight and exposure to high sound levels noted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Expectant mothers with exposure to noise pollution have higher rates of birth abnormalities to include: low birth weight, harelip, cleft palate, and spinal defects.
As well, noise pollution is known to damage the physical health of children beyond infancy. Children who live in noisy residences often have a heart rate significantly higher than those of children from quieter homes. Lower focus and performance abilities are also linked to those living in noisy conditions.
Consequently, higher rates of hypertension and ADD/HDAD disorders are found amongst children living in noise pollution. It is estimated, approximately 12% American children between the ages of 6 to 19 years had impaired hearing in one or both ears.
Regular exposure to sounds and noise related pollution in educational settings compromise their auditory processing and can develop speech and/or reading complications. Just like children continue to physically grow as they get older, they continue to develop their speech perception capabilities as they develop into their teenage years. Disruptive noise in learning environments can yield a variety of cognitive developmental delays.
Evidence shows children in noisier classrooms have more learning aptitude difficulties than those who learn in quieter settings. APD, an auditory processing disorder associated with word discrimination, and Dysgraphia, a writing development impairment stem brain-based issues and caused by environmental stressors commonly associated with noise pollution.
How to Protect our Children?
Noise pollution can play a role in shaping our child’s mental health and physical functionality. Once we understand and reconcile this scientific fact, we can take preventative measures. Your child’s health is important to Lucid Audio. We are parents too, which is why our HearMuffs are made with our revolutionary advanced sound protection technology.
Our HearMuffs actively compress harmful sounds while having the unique ability to let in outside voices at a comfortable level. HearMuffs and Kids HearMuffs protect your child from noise pollution including traffic, concerts, construction, and city sounds. All while providing maximum comfort for all head shapes and sizes and grows with your child from infancy through adolescence.
Audiobooks continue to be the fastest growing published format and it’s no wonder given how mobile our day-to-day lives have become with the accessibility to smartphones, tablets, and wireless headphones.
Following up on our last blog titled, Surprising Benefits of Listening to Audiobooks!, we feel it appropriate to round-out the topic and provide our list of Audiobooks that promise to promote positive change in your life.
Whether you need some entertainment on-the-go, to calm your mood, something to take your mind off tackling those mundane tasks, we are confident you will want to check out this list of audiobooks below. And to make things even easier, each has an Audible.com link for easy downloading. Finally, plug in your favorite Lucid Audio device and tackle your day while taking in something positive! Happy Listening!
8 AUDIOBOOKS THAT PROMOTE POSITIVE CHANGE!
#1. 12 RULES FOR LIFE
BY: JORDAN B. PETERSON, NORMAN DOIDGE
Peterson answers the most difficult of questions of living in a modern world and uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.
#2. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
BY: MARK MANSON
Superstar blogger, Mark Manson, cuts through the minutia to show you a counterintuitive approach to living a good life by the importance of stop trying to be positive all the time so you can truly become a better, happier person.
#3. THE POWER OF HABIT
BY: CHARLES DUHIGG
Columnist, Charles Duhigg takes you to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries and distills vast amounts of information through narratives. All while explaining why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
#4. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS
BY: GARY CHAPMAN
Whether you are in a relationship or know someone in one, this is an excellent and enlightening guide towards better understanding everyone’s unique language of love. Learn to speak and understand your partner’s love language, and in no time, you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return.
#5. THE 10X RULE
BY: GRANT CARDONE
Want a step-by-step guide on how to achieve phenomenal success for yourself? The 10X Rule guides you through correctly setting goals you previously thought were impossible to achieve. Cardone’s 10X Rules promises to create unprecedented levels of happiness and satisfaction in every area of your life and shows you how to use your fear as fuel to move you into action.
#6. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK
BY: TIMOTHY FERRISS
Who doesn’t want to live more and work less? Enjoy the dozens of practical tips and case studies from people who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves. Included in the 4 Hour Work Week are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a millionaire without having to be one.
#7. YEAR OF YES
BY: SHONDA RHIMES
Talented creator of television hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, Shonda Rhimes, took on her sister’s challenge to say “Yes” for 1 year. In the Year of Yes, she chronicles how the powerful impact of saying “yes” for one year changed her life and how it can change yours.
#8. THE 5 SECOND RULE
BY: MEL ROBBINS
This simple rule is a one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face of holding ourselves back. Mel Robbins will assist in transforming your life with this one simple tool. The 5 Second Rule will help you become your greatest self. Want to break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt need to beat fear and uncertainty, desire to stop worrying and feel happier? It takes just five seconds.
Don’t forget to listen to these great audiobooks on your Lucid Audio device. Shop Lucid Audio’s HearBand. Our AMPED technology enables you, the listener to enjoy high definition audio without losing awareness of your surroundings. Customize your experience in real time using the ‘AND’ controls, which allow you to separately choose the volume of your music and of ambient sounds. Whether you want no outside sound or up to 9x amplification, it’s yours.
Audiobooks used to be reserved for long road trips or viewed as a dummies guide to reading. However, in recent years they have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. As of 2016, U.S. audiobook sales totaled $2.1 billion making it the fastest-growing format in publishing according to Nielsen Book Research.
ENTERTAINMENT WHILE ON-THE-GO!
Because we are all so busy with work, families, and home life finding entertainment and an escape from the daily grind can be challenging. One of the obvious reason audiobooks have gained exponential popularity recently is due to the increase in digital technology, it’s growing affordability, and more importantly due to its mobility.
With the increase in popularity and affordability of smartphones, tablets to laptops, wireless headphones like our HearBands, and Kindles there are more avenues to listen to your favorite book. This coupled with countless audio books becoming accessible wirelessly, reading your favorite book or getting to that recommended novel your best-friend said is a “must read” no longer has to be reserved for sitting down during your free time [insert laugh here.] With the accessibility you can now listen to books wherever your day takes you and can be accomplished whatever you are doing.
Just like one of Audible’s early catchphrases accurately predicted: “You can listen when your eyes are busy but your mind is free.” And we all know finding even a few moments in your busy day can be a challenge. Yet even take a few moments to slip on your favorite Lucid Audio wireless device to listen to a book can bring endless possibilities of entertainment, positive creativity, and provided healthy results as seen with calming your mind by reading your favorite book or binge-watching your favorite show on a lazy Sunday.
CALM YOUR MIND
To recap our blog titled “Meditate Without Meditating” in recent years, “meditation” has taken on a much broader meaning. It is well-documented meditation improves memory, attention, mood, immune system function, sleep, and creativity. All it takes is a few minutes a day to start reaping the benefits. Essentially, you do not technically have to meditate to meditate.
We can probably all agree to calm your mind and drowning out the daily chaos of your day can seem like a never-ending obstacle. Avid audiobook listeners profoundly believe [listening] to a good book (even on-the-go) can manifest results similar to those from traditional meditation. Just like snuggling up to your favorite read to escape into your imagination allows you to be, “in the moment” thus calming your mind, listening into your favorite audiobook can and melting to the sounds of the often-times soothing voice of the narrator can be a rather hypnotic and calming experience.
Whether you recognize it or not, once you understand the importance of being in the present moment, in the now, then you will find listening with the intent to an audiobook you will increase your comprehension and bring you to a calming state of mind.
MULTITASKING YOUR CHORES
Have you been putting off something painfully time-consuming like cleaning out your closet, or sitting in line at the DMV? Do you need something to forget your ultimate disdain for enduring rush hour? Plug into your favorite device and download an audiobook. During the time it takes to cook and clean-up, stand in a never-ending line, you can slip into listening to your favorite book and suddenly the time has passed. Done! And what’s better? You’ve just tapped into and fill your time with a wonderful literary experience while completing a chore, task, or daily commute.
Shop Lucid Audio’s Wireless products before you download your next audiobook. Our amped technology enables you, the listener to enjoy high definition audio without losing awareness of your surroundings. Customize your experience in real time using the controls, which allow you to separately choose the volume of your audiobook and of the ambient sounds around you. With this you are able to multitask, whether you want no outside sound or up to 9x amplification, it’s yours when listening to our wireless products.
Do you have difficulty hearing in a noisy environment? Are you constantly asking someone to repeat themselves? Is it increasingly harder for you to hear the TV without having to blast the volume? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time for you to look into some form of hearing assistance. Should you be lucky and able to rule out hearing loss by a hearing specialist, it may be time for you to look into a Personal Sound Amplification Product more commonly known as a “PSAP.”
Traditionally, hearing products [hearables] have been seen as something meant for older individuals, but diminishing hearing affects people of all ages. Soon everyone will be wearing some sort of earbuds or “hearables” in the near future, regardless of their hearing ability. PSAPs are classified under the broad term hearables.
If your hearing is still pretty good, but you just need a boost sometimes our Lucid Audio Enrich PSAP may be perfect for you. Like all other Lucid Audio products, our PSAPs help you “Hear Better.” And as the name suggests, our Lucid Audio Enrich PSAP amplifies sound. It is easy to use, inconspicuous, and comfortable enough to wear every day. It offers many benefits at a fraction of the cost of traditional hearing aids.
BELOW ARE FIVE (5) PSAP BENEFITS:
#1. Offers clear verbal communication which is essential for mental and physical health for people to stay connected to friends and love ones.
#2. Adapts continuously to changing environments while maintaining excellent sound quality. Unwanted feedback is suppressed and stopped without sacrificing sound quality or gain. Loud concerts or noisy public environments is modified as to not overwhelm the PSAP wearer.
#3. Produces a power boost when greater amplification is needed such as in large business meetings while listening to music in a quiet environment, or watching television.
#4. Provides low-level noise suppression for improved comfort in quiet environments. Noises such as air conditioning, refrigerator motors or internal microphone noise are all reduced by this system. This helps to keep quiet situations quiet.
#5. The device has a low (nearly invisible) profile, is easy to wear, and provides second-to-none powerful omnidirectional amplification.
ARE PSAPS REALLY “AFFORDABLE?”
Yes. If you have minimal hearing issues and are not ready or need a hearing aid, purchasing a PSAP is significantly less expensive compared to the typical $2,500 per ear for prescribed hearing aid devices not including the costs of a doctor visit. Our Lucid Audio PSAPs range from $95 – $150. And purchasing is easy. Lucid’s Enrich PSAPs are ready-to-wear right out of the box. They don’t require any testing or fitting.
It is important to note the FDA does not consider PSAPs to be medical devices to treat hearing loss. While PSAPs provide many of the same benefits of common hearing aids, they are classified as wearable electronic products for occasional, recreational use by consumers who are not hearing impaired.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT PSAP BENEFITS:
“Hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) can both improve our ability to hear sounds,” says Eric Mann, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological, And Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices. “They are both wearable, and some of their technology and function is similar.”
PSAPs can change the daily function and happiness in someone’s life suffering from mild-to-moderate hearing loss. In addition to enriching the communication with friends and loved ones, these products can help people stay on the job longer as they age, and continue to engage in the experiences and moments often missed with the mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
Do you want a quick and easy fix to get your blood pumping and heart rate up without leaving the comfort of your home? Below are 5 EASY ways you can exercise at home using Lucid Audio.
Regardless of the season sometimes you do not want to venture out into the summer heat or winter air even if it’s to jump into your car and drive to the gym. Or maybe you are just too tired from a long day at the office or home with the kids.
#1. STAIRS – This is a fantastic cardio exercise to do in your home! And if you do not have a set of stairs available don’t fret, you’re not out of luck! You can either find the largest book you own, safely stack up several hardcover books, or use a sturdy chair (step stool works too!) and put it in front of the TV. Plug in and connect your Lucid Audio TV Streamer to your Wireless HearBands, and step up-and-down while watching your favorite show. This simple exercise will ensure you reach your steps for the day!
#2. STREAM A WORKOUT – If you find yourself ready for an upbeat workout, but can not make that yoga class or Zumba class you use to have time for then stream it with your Lucid Audio Wireless HearBands is your answer. Check out Shape Magazine’s 13 Killer Workouts That Offer Online Streaming ← here.
#3. DANCE – We’ve all heard the line, “Shake what your Momma gave you!” and believe it or not this is a fantastic way to boost your heart rate and workout your muscles! Slip on your any of our HearBands and connect to your favorite music. What’s even better is you can control the sound, pick up phone calls, and hear sounds around your with a press of a button and without taking them off. AND you never know your partner, children, or roommates may see how much fun you are having and join you for a dance party!
#4. CLEAN – Believe it or not what you may already be doing on a daily basis is considered a workout. Merely doing household chores can raise your heart rate and conditioning your body all the while cleaning. Check out WikiHow’s Workout While Doing Housework for ideas and don’t forget your Lucid Audio headphones to listen to your favorite. What an accomplishment to be able to stay clean, organized, and fit all at the same time!
#5. MAKE IT A GAME – OK, ready for some real fun while you workout? We know, fun and working out are not commonly used together until now! If you like watching TV or streaming shows, slip on your favorite Lucid Audio headphones, connect them to the TV streamer, and get up during the commercials (or Ads.) Do a round of jumping jacks, squats, or a plank during each break or when a specific character appears on the screen. Or give yourself a secret word (make it common, but not too common you wear yourself out in the first 5 minutes.) Keep the game going, and anytime anyone (your partner, children, roommates, etc.) says the secret word require yourself to do a 30-second plank or 10 squats.
Another idea is to work a point system into your daily workout at home routine. For example, give yourself a point for every set of reps you complete and another set of points for actually completing an exercise. Set a goal with a reward for reaching a certain amount of points. For example, 100 points equal a pedicure or foot reflexology. Step it up with more points and reward yourself with tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event. There is nothing better than awarding yourself with something for all of your hard work.
Is It Actually Possible To Find More Me-Time As A Mom?
Yes! The answer shockingly is, “Yes,” you can actually find some unexpected “me-time” in your already hectic day of chasing runny noses, tackling the week’s laundry, making meals, helping with homework, cleaning up toys, grocery shopping. The list goes on and on!
However, once you (we) identify AND accept it is IMPOSSIBLE to be a “Super Mom” suddenly the door will open to focus on you. And this type of mom may exist. You know. The type of mom we daydream of being. Always able to optimize every precious moment, keeping the house organized, instituting healthy eating habits, having flat abs all while still being our husband’s “girlfriend.” It is without question burn-out WILL happen. Therefore, accepting (not residing) to the fact being a Super Mom is impossible will inevitably take the burden off yourself and allow you to open up to more me-time.
WHAT IS “ME-TIME?”
“Me-time” is downtime and is a vital component to your overall well-being. Me-time doesn’t necessarily mean having a spa-day or as being self-indulgent. Think of it as the crucial time needed for yourself to be a better mother and better wife. Give yourself permission to have some me-time and slow down, relax for a few moments by yourself or a few hours each week.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
It’s not rocket science to know a well-rested, physically, and an emotionally healthy person can accomplish more, be less anxious, and be a better partner all relates to women with children too! A rested, physically and emotionally healthy woman is a better mom and a better wife…period. Just like when the Flight Attendant instructs us to put on our oxygen mask on first, prioritizing a little me-time in your life is critical. We all (mother or not) need a break from the demands of daily living. Compound these demands with having little humans you are responsible for it, and you can clearly see you are no exception.
HOW TO FIND IT…
#1 SCHEDULE IT! – If you want your family to run like a well-oiled machine and be able to expect and know what challenges are coming, a schedule is key. And not a minute-to-minute schedule. But rather a weekly schedule to help keep you and your partner on the same page. And aware of what is happening next. Most important, this schedule should include a slot for, “me-time.” Have your partner take the kiddos off your hand even if it is for one hour a week. Having this planned out will ensure you do not pass over this much needed time for yourself. And as important as scheduling-it, have a go-to list of things you classify as, being me-time. Need help kicking off your me-time checklist? Check out this wonderful list of ideas to get you started.
#2 WHEN THEY REST…YOU REST – Yeah, Right! We can hear you now. Yes, we get it. Seriously, we do. This suggestion is probably the hardest of all. When they finally get to sleep for the night or down for a nap you are no doubt looking at a house turned upside down. Take baby steps if necessary. The first step is to require yourself [require being the keyword] to take one night or at least one nap a week to push all your chores aside and spend this time doing something relaxing for yourself. Do it! No one would or should fault you for not emptying the dishwasher over catching up on some much-needed R&R. And if they do, have them walk in your shoes for one day. We dare them!
#3 GO OUTSIDE…WITH YOUR KIDS – If you do not already know the term, “Cabin Fever” as a parent then skip this section and pat yourself on the back. You are doing something right! Parenting can be taxing. Not the kind on your hard-earned money rather the overload of doing something over-and-over again. Like a never-ending assembly line. Eat, poop, sleep, you – no sleep, clean, eat, poop, sleep, you – no sleep, clean. That kind of, “taxing.” So, when the weather permits grab a blanket, pack a snack, grab a book, and your Lucid Audio HearBands and stroll the kids outside. You don’t have to go far. Maybe under a tree or a park that is within walking distance. Just getting out, breathing oxygen, encountering human beings breaks the exhausting monotony of parenting at home. And you may just get a moment to yourself as your child has a few safe minutes of independent play or playing with a friend they meet.
#4 LOCK YOUR DOOR…SAFELY, OF COURSE! – Privacy is important. We know as a Mom it has probably been months since you have had an interrupted bathroom break. Put a lock on your door. It goes without saying to ensure your children are safe when you lock yourself away for a bathroom break. If this does not feel right to you, that is ok. Take an extra few minutes in the shower to sit and allow the water to hit your back or neck. Sitting quietly with your thoughts in a shower or bath is a form of meditation. And just a few moments by yourself with the rush of water drowning out the daily chaos is a fantastic way to center yourself. Want some help, check out this 5 Minute Meditation Practice You Can Do In The Shower.
#5 CONTROL THE NOISE IN YOUR LIFE –Remember the days of quickly catching up on news, music, podcasts, binge-watching your favorite show, or chatting with a friend on the phone uninterrupted? Wearing Lucid Audio Wireless HearBands neckband now is an effortless way to connect to these activities while controlling your environment. With a touch of a button, you can stay alert of your children napping or playing in another room while wearing. For the moms who have trouble sitting down wearing Lucid Audio’s HearBands allows you to listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite tv show, or take calls while maneuvering around the house hands-free. Sound impossible? Check out this excellent VIDEO showing Meghan, a busy mom, maneuvering through her day with ease while wearing her Lucid Audio HearBand.
With this week, technically, June 21st, being the official start of summer, we hope you treat yourself with some well-deserved travel away from the office (or classroom…or kitchen…) And regardless if you find yourself flying or taking a short road trip, we understand packing for yourself or family brings with it a few frustrating packing challenges.
Thankfully, we have researched a slew of carry-ons designed specifically to ease the travel burden. Should you choose to put the words, “travel” and “burden,” in the same sentence (hmm?), we are confident you will be happy including these carry-on approved must-haves to your packing list. To make things even easier on you we even included links to buy each product below.
1.) CORKCICLE…ANYTHING CORKCICLE
Never lose your cool this summer in any travel situation. Keep your drinks hot or cold on long-haul flights or road trips with any of their insulated stainless steel drink canteens or drink holders. Their designer-inspired and contemporary metallic designs are a great accessory to your travel attire. And what’s better? 5% of all Corkcicle sales go directly toward Charity: Water to help provide clean drinking water to those in need.
2.) OUNNE WATERPROOF CASE (iPHONE) or LIFEPROOF FRE SERIES WATERPROOF CASE (GALAXY)
Protect your smartphone from water, accidental drops, and scratches with a certified waterproof phone case. There is nothing worse than a cracked phone screen or non-functioning camera to hinder capturing your travel memories.
3.) LUCID AUDIO WIRELESS HEADPHONES
If sound quality and battery life are essential then Lucid Audio’s Bluetooth headphones are the way to go when traveling! Designed to be light, travel-friendly, and second-to-none when it comes to comfort, quality, the sound activated compression protects you from distracting turbine and engine noises that can cause long-term damage. Listen to your music, take calls, and with the adjustable ambient volume control, continue to have conversations with your travel companions.
4.) POCKETJUICE CHARGER POWER BANK
This portable compact power charger packs a big punch of power. The slim and compact body will surprise you by how fast it can charge up to two smartphones/tablets fast and includes multiple functions essential for the smartphone traveler.
5.) TRTL PILLOW
This scientifically proven super soft neck support is compact and lightweight compared to the traditional u-shaped neck pillow. Should you find yourself wanting a little shut-eye during your travels, this travel pillow holds your neck in ergonomic position during rest. And with its low-profile features, it is super lightweight and can easily attach to your travel bag. Check out this Trtl Pillow Video to see the comfort for yourself!
6.) BAGSMART ORGANIZER
Save time dealing with unraveling your electronic cables, plugs, adapters, battery packs, etc. There is nothing more frustrating than spending half your travel time trying to locate a charger stuffed at the bottom of your bag or pulling out the knots of your jumbled up chords. And if you are like us, you can also find room in this roomy organizer to add your other travel items such as your passport, tablet, laptop accessories, etc.
Called the “new radio,” podcasts’ popularity in recent years is surging. Many contribute the rise to its accessibility, mobility, and the demand for digital media content. Many popular podcasts have replaced tv watching and radio listening to one’s sources for news, politics, entertainment, to name a few.
If you are one of the 44% of the US population already listening to podcasts, you will agree there is a vast universe of available. To date, there are 500,000 (and counting) podcasts in more than 100 languages available. With these numbers growing daily, streamlining your options could become overwhelming. Whether you are a digital audio aficionado or a newcomer there is certainly a podcast that will suit your interests and current mood.
Because podcasts are portable and user-friendly, listening on-the-go with your Lucid Audio Hearbands has become even more convenient. Ahead are 10 popular podcasts (in no particular order) you should be listening to on your Hearbands!
Downloaded more than 175 million times (a world record), Serial sets the bar high for its compelling mix of investigative journalism, first-person narrative, and dramatic storytelling. Season 1, dives into the powerful and deeply compelling story of Hae Min Lee. A Korean-American high school senior in Baltimore County, Maryland, Hae Min, disappeared in January 1999. Adnan Masud Syed, her ex-boyfriend, was convicted and given a life sentence plus 30 years. Without giving any spoilers the Serial podcast popularity has assisted in changing the course of the case. No doubt, will you find yourself mentally invested and keeping afloat on current developments. As hard as it may be, we highly recommend not researching the internet until you have completed the series.
A show about curiosity where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Each episode of Radiolab inspires imagination and curiosity. It attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in a light-hearted manner. In 2007 National Academies Communication Award “for their imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.”
Neuroscientist and philosopher, Sam Harris, explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris, a best-selling author, discusses thought-provoking conversations with physicists, philosophers, psychologists, filmmakers, former cult members, Navy SEALs, and many fascinating people. Regularly ranked among the top podcast lists worldwide, Waking Up has been selected as one of “iTunes Best.” And won a Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.
If true crime interests you, then Casefiles will certainly stand out as a top choice. This is the mecca of true crime murder mystery with over 100 cases to date. The series deals with solved or cold criminal cases, often related to well-known murders and serial crimes. Most of the cases relate to Australian cases but regularly feature cases around the world.
Trying to disrupt the concept of news, The New York Time’s is reinventing what and how the news should sound. Hosted by star reporter-turned-podcaster, Michael Barbaro, The Daily takes the biggest stories of our time and condenses them down to twenty-minute vignettes and delivers a new story five days a week. Many describe it as paving the way for a new era of journalism and continues to grow in popularity making it a regular on the top Most-Listened lists. Listeners can sign up to receive text message updates on discussed episodes offering further context.
Season 1 explores the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead in small town Ocilla, Georgia. The Tara Grinstead missing investigation was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention nationwide. As difficult as it may be, try not to research before listening. Without giving away the jaw-dropping details, you will learn how this little unknown podcast literally became responsible for solving this 12-year cold case.
Yes, you are seeing this correctly. The Serial podcast is on our list again. In Season 2, the producers get away from true-crime and dive into a current and ongoing high stakes news-and-issues story. US Army Sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, was captured in Afghanistan and held for five years by Taliban forces, was released in a prisoner swap for five Taliban held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The release was originally hailed good news in a long, costly, and increasingly unpopular war. Listerners learn this complicated story is much more than a prisoner-of-war tale.
1 phone call. 1 hour. Anonymous. Nothing is off Limits. Every week host, comedian Chris Gethard (Time Out’s “10 best comedians of 2015”,) opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, for one hour, and no matter how the conversation unfolds, he can not hang up first. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions, Beautiful/Anonymous is a no holds barred masterpiece.
What if you had to relearn who you are?, What if your past was an unsolved mystery?, or What if you lost your sense of smell? With over 100 interviews, each episode explores and probes into people’s extraordinary, life-altering events through first-person storytelling. Listeners are taken into the raw interior of many human experiences.
Want to be able to listen to TED Talks on-the-go without having to watch the video? Every weekday, this feed brings you the latest TED talks into audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable. From artificial intelligence to zoology, and everything in between, TED Talks gives the world’s leading thinkers and doers a platform to share and spread ideas. Each talk is in the form of short powerful talks with the agenda of making great ideas accessible and spark conversation.
“We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself, your own house, which we never do.” – Marina Abramov
WOOHOO! SPRING IS HERE!!!
As the weather starts to get warm enough to open the windows to let the winds carry the dust out of your house, we often find ourselves itching to organize and declutter our homes. Once our closets and drawers are tidy and the dust has been swept away, it’s time to focus on you. And for those introspective personalities, your mental well-being.
Yes, spring cleaning is not just for your home! You can clean-up mental clutter, renew your mind, and fill your soul by following and maintaining a mindset that puts YOU at the top of your priority list. Right where it should be.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness industry is estimated to be close to $4 trillion dollars and growing. And in recent years, the taboo of seeking physical, emotional, and mental healing appears to be a thing of the past. Many are more open to the idea of wellness practices and are not just for people with deep-rooted problems, but for people wanting to work through and move past plaguing issues.
If you are ready to begin your Spring Cleaning You checklist, give these 5 ideas a try to get you started.
1. REFOCUS YOUR LENS
It’s interesting when examining a picture, within a group setting, everyone notices different things. This is because we all see things that stand out, impress, or what we appreciate more. All based on our own lives, experiences, and belief systems. What’s even more interesting is when I (myself) come back to a picture, I will notice things I did not originally see. Given this, I believe we (all) can refocus our lenses.
Refocusing our lenses can be accomplished once we can understand and appreciate we all see (perceive) differently. Even when it comes to comparing you too well, you.
It is vital to allow yourself to not have 100% success at first. Keeping this in mind will make it easier to continue practicing. Refocusing your lens (your brain) is just like training or retraining a muscle. With this, I profoundly believe this is not a simple task. Once you start the practice of refocusing your brain, you will eventually find your mind opening and see more than you thought was there. With refocusing your lens comes many benefits, including, being grateful, able to let go of little things, and avoiding gossip and drama, just to name a few. All are practices I believe to be fundamental in leading a healthy mind and body life.
While forgiving others is a wonderful practice, for this exercise I want you to focus on forgiving yourself. Yes, it’s time to forgive yourself for your past mistakes.
Don’t disown those mistakes, but rather learn from the past, create a “re-do,” if needed. Offer yourself a chance to let go. This will allow you to become clear on your morals and values as they are right now. You will find once you are able to forgive yourself you will be able to turn the page. You will be able to realize and appreciate the past, and most importantly recover from any emotional, physical, and debilitating effects of long-term stress.
3. CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS
This includes uncommitting to any friendships or relationships that are leaving you feeling bad about yourself. If you feel unnatural or find yourself gossiping with them, you will continue to create toxicity into your life.
Just as important, recommit to the friendships that leave you happy and fulfilled. Plan a trip or a romantic weekend with your partner to clean up those relationships. And just like dusting off your home, proactively work to dust off the distance with those people that bring good energy into your world!
4. CHASE YOUR DREAMS…LEISURELY
Fueling your passion and life’s dreams can sometimes feel like just that, a dream. More attainable and just as beneficial, is to set aside some time each day to do what makes your soul happy. Getting involved in an activity or in a volunteer organization can beneficial to your health. Use your passions to do some good in the world!
Many of us work so much we forget how great it feels to do something leisurely. Leisure creates relaxation and we all know relaxation is typically on the short list for relieving stress. Do something to make your soul happy! This could be as simple as, painting, writing, gardening, traveling to other cultures, or learning a new language.
Equally important is making sure your career path is meaningful to you. If this is not possible then work to cut out major sources of stress that come with your job. This includes unnecessary spending, clutter, a job you hate, or unhealthy relationships.
Chase the idea of enriching your soul, not riches.
5. LAUGH OFTEN
I left this suggestion last as this is my absolute favorite and most important for your “Spring Cleaning You” checklist. I am so confident in this suggestion, I almost feel if you cannot laugh, you might as well throw out all other suggestions. Devote all your attention to learning to laugh more.
According to a multitude of research studies, laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
If you take life too seriously, you’re going to miss out on a whole lot of good times!
There you have it, a few suggestions to begin your Spring Cleaning You checklist!
When all else fails, just remember this thought to help you reset:
Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected. When one of these factors are off balance, our whole body will feel it on some level. Your emotions can cause physical symptoms and spiritual disharmony can cause emotional systems to break down, and so on.
Take a moment out of your day to assess your state-of-mind, how your body feels, and what your brain is picking up.
After all, your body is the one home that you can not up and leave when things get cluttered and muddy. It’s here for you when you are ready to cultivate a life meant living free and clear of clutter.
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On the heels of the recent blog honoring Autism Awareness Month, my curiosity deepened to bridge connections of all children to children on the spectrum. And it only felt natural to deep dive into finding more sensory soothing tools enjoyed by all children, not just on the spectrum.
If you know a child seeking comfort from noisy and chaotic environments, read our Top 6 Sensory Soothing Tools Loved by All Children
1. Kid HearMuffs
One of the most common and universal effects of stress, regardless of being on the spectrum or not, is noise. Because of this, Lucid Audio’s Kid HearMuffs is our top pick.
Originally developed for the aviation industry to assist pilots to hear radio and intercom messages, sound protection has become universal.
As the technology surrounding sound protection advanced, they became more popular and much more affordable for the everyday user.
Auditory Sensory Disorder (ASD) therapists widely utilize sound protection. Specifically to assist and soothe environmental hypersensitivity. Sound protection offers the ability to concentrate on tasks and participate in activities. This type of protection reduces background noise to a manageable level. Many users wear them in any noisy environment, including city streets, concerts, parties, even crowded restaurants.
Regardless of being on the spectrum or not, many choose Lucid Audio Kid HearMuffs’ for their revolutionary technology, kid-approved features, and quality comfort and protection. Kids HearMuffs are Audiologist-Approved and hold an industry-leading 22 Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). And with their patented GrowBand allows HearMuffs to grow with any child starting at infancy.
2. Fidget Spinner
A small handheld gadget you can spin fast with your fingers. They are advertised as a “stress reliever” and marketed for all levels of ADD, ADHD, anxiety, and autism.
The key to fidget spinners is the idea when your hands or any part of your body is moving (i.e. foot tapping or pen clicking), you are able to focus more on what you are needing to do at that moment. This gadget will give your brain and hands oodles of gratification. Many compare using a fidget spinner to doodling on a piece of paper while on a call or during a “yawn-worthy” meeting.
Occupational Therapists have been using sensory slime or some call it, “theraputty”, for years. This is popularly used while working on fine motor and sensory skills. Therapists will bury small objects in the slime. The child will have to rely on using their fine motor skills to retrieve. At the same time, the strange and unfamiliar texture stimulates sensory processing with no mess (if made correctly!)
Think adorably cute stress balls that even sometimes smell yummy. These soft, squishy, foam-like toys are brightly colored. They come in a variety of animal, food, and adorable shapes. Squishies giving one who squeezes it a massive degree of satisfaction.
The most important quality of a squishy is the outrageously satisfying texture between your fingers and the auditory thrill of the sound of the foam squishing and visually watching it reflate back to its original form.
5. Image Captor
Ok! Yes, I 100% had this “toy” when I was a kid! And no joke, my son recently asked for one after playing with it at his cousin’s house!
Filled with chromed pins this mesmerizing toy encourages tactile awareness with the placement of a hand. Place your hands, fingers, common objects, toys, and more to make interesting 3-D images. And not to mention, it feels so interesting to the touch. ASD Therapists consistently use it as a “no-mess” tactile activity during sensory integration. It is a positive reinforcement tool during sensory deprivation therapy. Regardless of being on the spectrum or not, this versatile item has been a popular gift for kids and teens for years!
6. Kinetic Sand
“Kinetic Sand” is actually a trademark name for toy product super popular for its sand-like substance. It is easily moldable but popular for its “melting” feature when squeezed. Kinetic sand has properties of wet sand but it’s not wet and sticks to itself, yet is not sticky. And is soft, yet not fluffy.
It’s versatility and unique texture is ideal for promoting fine motor skills and sensory processing. Kinetic sand offers a wide variety of benefits making it a popular and a highly sought-after product. And if you dare, like slime, you can find hundreds of Do-It-Yourself and How-To’s online to make your very own modeling sand toy.