Tuesday, 8 June 2010

The sound of silence

Yes it's true I do have a soft spot for the music of Simon & Garfunkel, but that is not my topic for today, instead it's the power of silence for your health.

London is by nature a noisy place and the lack of peace and quiet often drives city folk out to the suburbs, however even for those in the sanctuary of surrey individuals rarely get any proper peace and quiet. Think about your typical day - how much time do you have that's genuinely quiet?

Why is silence important?
All stimulation to your senses (taste, smell, touch, sound, sight) are stimulating to the brain and can induce a stress response - hence the use of music and light in extreme interrogation techniques. Stress is obviously a baddy when it comes to health and is a possible contributing factor to pretty much every ailment out there.

So it's important to give all our senses a break as this gives our brain a break and helps us de stress. This is why meditation is so beneficial. However even if meditation is a step too far, consciously having some quiet time can be very beneficial. You might want to try the following:

- switch off your phone, the tv and radio whilst eating, this lack of distraction will help proper digestion

- enjoy 10 mins quiet relaxation when you get home from work - don't immediately turn on the tv. Relax, take some deep breaths and try and keep a still mind.

- turn off the tv or radio 30mins before you go to bed to help you wind down and enjoy some restful sleep


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