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Reduce the Noise Reduce the Stress

January 11, 2012
Reduce the Noise Reduce the Stress Blog post- A picture of a woman laying on her couch holding pillows over her ears

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Noise pollution is a growing problem in the world today. Too much noise can overwhelm your body. And it can 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 to reduce the stress.

We have become so accustomed to noise that we have become uncomfortable with silence. Even in the quiet of the night, sound from the running refrigerator and furnace keeps whirring through the night. Here’s a story from Vienna Austria back at the end of the 18th century. Then 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!

Do you find yourself getting annoyed by even little sounds, such as a ticking clock, or a dripping faucet? If so then it is vital to 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 to reduce stress. You can also listen to quiet soothing music or the relaxing sounds of nature. Listening to soothing music or relaxing sounds has a positive psychological effect on the listener. And it can help to undo the stress created by too much noise.  Reduce the amount of time you listen to loud sounds and you will increase both physical and mental health. 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 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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