Giving yourself time to enjoy silence on a daily basis is more important than you may think.
Feeling frazzled or stressed lately? That’s because many people are going non-stop. When you don’t take a moment to enjoy being still, you leave your body susceptible to invading bacteria and other pathogens.
Silence boosts your immune system and is even a necessity for mental conditioning and strength.
Dr. Herbert Bensen, an authority on the mind’s ability to affect physical health, coined the term “relaxation response” which describes the physiological state our bodies are in when we relax while awake. Allowing our minds to quiet down may also assist in processing the events that take place in our daily lives, thus reducing stress and illness.
People who pray or meditate regularly are shown to have lowered blood pressure, reduced heart and respiratory rates and a better quality of relationships in their lives.
The direct effect silence has on your health is astounding.
And although it may not be desirable at first, it is so good for your overall well-being. At first, silence isn’t really all that desirable. The constant stimulation we are accustomed to makes silence uncomfortable for some people. This is partly because many people don’t want to be left alone by themselves.
Whether the chatter is coming from the inside or the outside, it’s worth it to incorporate a few minutes of peaceful serenity into your daily life.
If a little quiet time sounds like just what you need, here are some ways to slow down:
• Get up early to silently enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
• Turn off all electronics when you get home from work each day.
• Sit and enjoy your favorite room in your house.
• Watch the sunrise or sunset silently.
• Gaze at the stars before you go to bed.
• Stop to pray at church on your daily route.
• Pet your dog.
• Soak in the tub.
• Relax in front of a cozy fire.
• Take advantage of that swing on your porch.
• Sit in the sun (and soak up some valuable vitamin D while you’re at it).
Or you can always visit the anechoic chamber at the University College of London. This is supposedly one of the quietest rooms in the world. Although it is possible for small amounts of sound to get into the room, they are so quiet that you cannot notice. If you were to visit this chamber, this is probably as close as you can possibly get to experiencing what true silence sounds like.