Silence for relaxation

Silence for relaxation

Silence is more relaxing than relaxing music. 

In an experiment, the silence was used as a control between the different relaxing music clips. But the two-minute silent pauses between the music actually proved more relaxing on the brain. 

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Silence allows us to think about new solutions to problems, and to stick to our plans long enough to reach our goals.

According to psychologists, spending time in silence is when we are most creative.

2 types of everyday "bad noise"
  • Excessive noise: the prolonged loud noise.
  • The distraction of general noise around us: conversations or interruptions from colleagues in the workplace.

The former may seem worse, but both can be detrimental to our productivity—and sanity.

Ollie Campbell

"In most workplaces, focused work is left to chance.If nobody's called you for a meeting that day, you might get an afternoon to yourself."

Noise is bad for health

It increases blood pressure, increases stress, disturbs our sleep. 

And more importantly, it is linked to our bad mental health. It's why we don't have schools in the vicinity of airports anymore.  

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"Silence is a great canvas for your thoughts"

- Darek Sivers, founder of CDBaby

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Seeking silence
As our internal and external environments become louder and louder, more people are beginning to seek out silence, whether through a practice of sitting quietly for 10 minutes every morning or heading off to a 10-day silent retreat.

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  • Cities have a noise pollution problem, which is largely unaddressed.
  • Noise complaints regarding the high decibel levels of traffic, airplanes, and even helicopters are getting more frequent. All those engines are making city dwellers forget what 'silence' feels like.
  • Noise isn't just a temporary irritation but can lead to stress and problems like high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
Noise Pollution

Many studies link noise pollution to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep loss
  • Heart disease

Just as noise pollution is bad for you, silence can actually benefit your brain.

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