The Benefits of Silence
Modern science has confirmed it: silence affects our mental, emotional and physical health. Modern science has also unfortunately confirmed that people don’t get enough of it. And the evidence is obvious; today the leading cause of illness and disease is stress. Thankfully, the numerous benefits of silence effectively help to relieve stress. The best part? We can actively put this into practice and enjoy the benefits.
What you need to know about noise
High levels of sound have been proven to evoke physical changes within the body, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Loud sounds have also been linked to anxiety, depression, stress and even addiction. In fact, even low levels of persistent noise have been found to increase aggression and decrease co-operation. But most frighteningly, persistent noise (particularly at high volumes) has been directly linked to loss of hearing.
The magic of silence
Spending time in silence daily helps to effectively counteract these effects. Just 30 minutes a day can have an impressively positive impact. Silence also provides us with a number of valuable benefits. Not yet convinced? Here’s what science has to say…
1) Silence lowers blood pressure.
2) Silence helps to boost your immune system.
3) Silence helps to decrease cortisol and adrenaline levels, and
thereby reduce stress levels.
4) Silence serves to promote creativity and perspective.
5) Silence improves focus, concentration and other cognitive functions.
6) Silence encourages effective hormone regulation and promotes the
interaction of all hormone related systems in your body.
7) Silence has been shown to relax muscles and enhance one’s sense
Practice makes perfect
Most of us live in bustling cities, rife with stresses, demands, noise pollution, multiple ever-present forms of media, and full-to-bursting schedules. Luckily, with motivation and practice, we can learn to increase the amount of time we spend in silence. These are a few practical places to begin:
- When cleaning the house, turn off all TVs, music and anything else you may have on that is creating noise. We spend a fair amount of time cleaning, so this is an easy way to cash in on periods of silence.
- Make sure you use earplugs when you are expecting to experience high levels of noise. Concerts, flights, building sites, sports games or even noisy working environments are all examples of situations in which people benefit greatly from wearing earplugs. Noise over 30 decibels can severely impact our hearing, and even cause permanent damage to our eardrums. Certain earplugs reduce sound levels evenly across the frequency range, without changing the clarity, while others block out most sound, or help manage changes in air pressure. It’s advisable to consider your lifestyle when selecting a pair.
- Finally, try and spend the first 10 minutes of your day in silence. Enjoy that time lying in bed and considering the day ahead, or go for a quick walk while the world is still quiet. Most people will find this time of the day good for slotting in a quiet time as everybody else is still waking up.
Obviously, it’s impossible to control our external factors most of the time. But we can take steps in lessening the negative effects of chronic noise. Visit PERFECTfit now and invest in your health by purchasing earplugs suitable for your daily needs.