How many times have you said “I just need some peace and quiet.” I bet quite often. Silence is increasingly hard to find and that absence of quiettude is causing us substantial harm. How do I know? Well for one thing, science proves it.
The Proof that Noise Hurts and Silence Heals
The value of silence is felt by everyone at some point in their life. Silence is comforting, nourishing and cosy. It opens us up to inspiration, and nurtures the mind, body and soul. Meanwhile, the madness of the noisy world is drowning out our creativity, our inner connection and hampering our resilience. Science is now showing that silence may be just what we need to regenerate our exhausted brains and bodies. – Azriel ReShel
Noise isn’t just detrimental to our physical health, but also to our mental health. In today’s manic world, we have literal noise and figurative noise — junk mail, robo calls, spam emails, etc. Take a moment to consciously observe the noise in your own home — TV’s blaring, music playing, kids playing…is it any wonder we’re all so stressed? Where on earth can we find some solitude? Some peace and quiet? How can we ever re-charge our minds and spirits, if we’re always being bombarded with the clatter and din of modern life?
“This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise–even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage–causes stress and is harmful to humans.” – Professor Gary Evans
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Why We Need Silence
- Silence reduces stress and tension
- Silence makes you feel revitalized
- Silence can boost your immune system
- Silence can greatly enhance your level of happiness, improve your mood and bolster your mental health
How do we get silence? That is sometimes easier said than done, but, it can be done if we put our mind to it.
When your mind and body are craving peace and quiet, make it a priority to carve out time for yourself. Go for a walk in the woods, go into a quiet room, close doors and shades and pray/meditate, soak in a hot bath and if needed, use ear plugs if you can. The point is, quiettude can be found, but its unique to all of us. Find that time and space to mentally decompress. And, not only do we need to find actual quiet space, but we need to quiet the noise in our heads as well — all that worry and chatter of our inner voice can be as distracting as literal noise, so make sure that you’re prepared to let it all flow out of you — relax your body and your mind.
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa