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The Reading Break

'Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.' Ferris Bueller

We all have those times at work when too much is going on, when we find we can't think and when we struggle to relax and switch off during our scheduled breaks. Research tells us that taking breaks from work improves mental well-being, stress levels, productivity and job satisfaction.

Sometimes, even if you take a break, it is hard not to think about the next thing you have to do and to give yourself some space.

At Scottish Book Trust, we believe that short reading breaks can help with this. Listening to or reading a short story or piece can take you to a different place and transport you into somebody else's experience, even for a few minutes. We would like to test this theory and we need your help.

During Book Week Scotland, if you feel like you need a way to switch off during your scheduled break, pick an audio story from the list below, put on some headphones and take the time to listen. Afterwards, click on the survey link and fill in a few questions to let us know what the experience did for you.

(this link will open in a new window)Take our survey

Choose from the following pieces from the Book Week Scotland book, Blether: