Yes, there are many different symptoms that could make it difficult for someone to focus long enough to listen to an entire podcast or even hold a book. If you’re able, however, here are some replacements for the hours of television you may or may not spend watching.
PODCASTS [great for while you’re cooking / commuting / cleaning]
- S-Town : I have my brother-in-law to thank for this one – also, probably Serial and This American Life because they produced it. Either way, it’s awesome.
- Living the Dream with Rory O’Malley : The Broadway nerd within me cannot resist this podcast. Rory O’Malley, who is currently playing King George in the little-known musical Hamilton, interviews other actors about the ups and downs of show business.
- Bulletproof Radio : Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof, is on the cutting edge of pretty much anything and everything that improves health and performance. While his methods can be a bit “out there,” everything he promotes is backed by research.
BOOKS [my replacement for watching Netflix before falling asleep]
- Annihilation : I haven’t read a lot of fiction lately, but this one was quick, easy, and very enjoyable! Plus, it’s the first of a trilogy, so that’s always fun.
- Stop-Time: A Memoir : This book was first published in 1967, but I only just picked it up. Frank Conroy is wonderful.
- Still Alice : The movie was awesome; the book is even better. I admit, this suggestion feels a little like cheating since it’s also a movie, but the book was first so…
MUSIC [how I get through physical therapy]
- Harry Styles, Harry Styles : I unapologetically love this album.
- Coming Home, Leon Bridges : Chill and beautiful.
- Groudhog Day The Musical : Tim Minchin, the show’s composer, said / tweeted [I can’t actually remember] something about how the album makes more sense the more you listen. For me, that was definitely true. I wasn’t into it at first, but now I know it’s genius.