Friday, October 17, 2008

Peace and quiet helps with stress

The world is filled with noises. There are some sounds that are naturally relaxing, and then there are others that can cause us stress. Those that cause us these stresses could be traffic noises, office machines and cell phones just to name a few. Cathy Lewis who is an inspirational writer for "Natural Awakenings" magazine, wrote about a study conducted near London's Heathrow Airport. "The study showed an association of regular exposure to environmental noise with mental health problems and individuals' increased production of the stress hormone, coristol. Other medical studies have linked exposure to noise with psychological distress, gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular conditions. Even low-level sounds have been connected with problems ranging from increased aggression to poor sleep," Lewis said.
According to Lewis, there are five things that you can do to get the peaceful effects by using silence.
1. Start the day with silence (Instead of waking up in the morning and putting on the news and grabbing a cup of coffee, try something more peaceful such as stretching).
2. Eat at a table, without TV or reading
3. Drive in silence
4. Create a silent retreat at home (dedicate an evening to yourself with no talking and by turning off all machines such as TV and your phone).
5. Practice silent exercise (work out with out an iPod for example. It also gives our bodies to pay more attention to what our bodies do when we exercise such as posture and breathing).