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Stress Management: What About Requesting Silence?

Posted on 16 Nov 2016 in General | 0 comments

Have you ever been casually driving your car and then realize that the radio is off, the phone is on silent, and you feel relaxed and calm?

Ever been working in your office alone, in the quiet, and feel less stressed?

What about requesting silence ever once in awhile?

Life is noisy: from our households, to our offices, to our entertainment choices. Much of our personal and professional lives are filled with noise. Music, television, radio, and podcasts fill our ears. And, some of these physical noises can cause stress.

Keep in mind, our central nervous system reacts or responds to each and every sound. Hormones are released, heart rate increases and decreases, and our blood pressure changes.

A World Health Organization report called it noise pollution. Their report suggests this exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on our health. Some studies claim noise pollution can cause distress, sleep loss, high blood pressure, hearing loss, and have a negative impact on overall health. Loud noises raise stress levels by activating the brain’s amygdala and causes the release of the stress hormone cortisol.

Some sounds are calming, like a babbling brook, or the distance sounds of nature. Nice, but not readily available.

Try scheduling several five-minute quiet sessions spread throughout your day. Even two minutes of silence can be more relaxing than listening to relaxing music, noted by changes in blood pressure and blood circulation to the brain.

The key to peacefulness is to let go of both external and internal noises to minimize stress. A few times a day, find a quiet place, go to a window, look out to the landscape, breathe deeply and slowly, quiet your mind, and idle down.

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