Why silence can be good for your health

Can we have a little bit of quiet in here please

It’s increasingly impossible to get away from noise these days unless you become a real hermit or take a retreat for a year. Let’s face it these are drastic actions to take to just get a but of peace and quiet. It might be worth it to get away from social media for a while! The thing is that you just aren't giving your mind the time to rest. You are constantly receiving information and your brain just doesn’t have the time to keep up. Not giving your mind and body chance to rest doesn't given you time to rebuild and regenerate. You may think you’re resting whilst sleeping, but your body and mind are working hard to restore your energy.

5 benefits to finding some silence in the chaos

  1. Gives the brain time to regenerate, improving memory and giving time for new cells to create.

  2. Silence can release tension in the brain and body in just two minutes, also relieving stress.

  3. It helps to break the train of everyday thoughts to provoke a relaxation response.

  4. It can heighten awareness in other senses promoting an overall sense of wellbeing.

  5. Silence reduces pain, and also helps your brain to become more interactive.

What are the best opportunities for silence?

  • Going for a walk in nature is one of the best opportunities for finding a bit of inner and outer peace.

  • Switch of all distractions, tv, phone, music and just enjoy the sound of silence as a new experience.

  • Find a good spot in a café and watch people go by, without judgement and with an open mind. See what new things you observe about people.

  • Find the courage to stay silent when everyone else feels the need to be talking ten to the dozen. Take the time to really listen to someone.

  • At the end of each day silently affirm what you are grateful for that day. Go to bed knowing that you have been truly gifted.

Silence is a source of great strength
— Lau Tzu
Louise Hallam