Noise pollution is a growing problem in the world today. Too much noise can overwhelm your body and create problems such as heart disease, inability to focus, depression, sleep disturbances, irritability and emotional issues. That’s why it might be time for you to reduce the noise so that you can reduce the stress.
We have become so accustomed to noise that we have become uncomfortable with silence. Even in the quiet of night, sound from the running refrigerator and furnace keep whirring through the night. Back at the end of 18th century, in Vienna Austria, it was so quiet that a watchman could verbally sound a fire alarm from the top of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Because of the extreme noise level, that could never occur in the US today.
Take a break!
If you find yourself getting annoyed by even little sounds, such as a ticking clock, or a dripping faucet, then it is important take a break from all of the noise. This feeling of irritation is a signal that your body has become overwhelmed by too much stimulation and input.
It only takes 15-30 minutes of silence or listening to quiet soothing music or the relaxing sounds of nature can help. Listening to soothing music or relaxing sounds have a positive psychological effect on the listener, and can help to undo the stress created by too much noise. Reduce the amount of time that you are subjected to loud sounds and you will increase your health….both physically and mentally. The average American has their television on for 4 or more hours per day. When we are not home, we have the radio on in our cars, or bring Mp3 players and computers with us wherever we go.
Put yourself on a technology diet. Cut the amount of time that the television is on each day. Try driving to work in silence, with no radio blaring. Give your ears a break and it will significantly reduce your stress level.
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