health and wellbeing
We want to let you know about Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library that’s free to use for all K & M residents. Borrow from this library by downloading a book, e-book, e-audiobook, or magazine to your device to read offline. Everything is free and there are no overdue charges as books are automatically deleted from your device when they’re due back.
If you’re not a member, join the library online and get immediate access to all these resources.
If you want some help with your existing membership or with the technology, there’s a Live Life Aberdeenshire helpline that’s currently open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm. Phone 01467 532929.
Reading for enjoyment has the benefits of reducing stress, alleviating depression, reducing age-related cognitive decline, and it helps you to sleep better. It even contributes to a longer life! (Healthline, 2019).
According to an article in Psychology Today (2018) listening to audiobooks also calms and comforts us, boosts our mood, reduces stress, and it can actually be quite thrilling.
What you read is entirely up to you. What do you enjoy? What are you curious about? What do you want to learn?
In Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library, you can choose from over 20,000 books or audiobooks online. Search by author, title or by type of book. Browse some of the collections like Reading Well for Mental Health or Food for Thought or look through the UK’s Reading Well list of Mood-boosting books for inspiration. There are plenty of children’s books as well that you can share with your family, especially if you’re supporting learning at home. Sharing books by reading aloud – stories or information books – is a bonding experience that improves the wellbeing of the reader and the child.
Our e-magazine library lets you download the latest issues of UK and international magazines like BBC Top Gear or Closer magazine.
Listening to music can buoy your mood and fend off depression (Time Magazine, 2018).
As a resident of K & M, you also have access to Live Life Aberdeenshire’s music streaming service, Freegal. Stream any of over 10 million hit songs – true! Whether classic Dolly Parton or ACDC’s 2020 album “Power Up” is your thing, you’ll find something to enjoy. User-compiled playlists are also great background music for working from home or pottering about. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
For more ideas on getting more active and creative have a look Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Live Life @ Home web pages. The Move It section has a range of exercises and relaxation techniques for bodies and minds for people of all ages and activity levels.