Relaxation 101: Quiet the Mind and Steady the Nerves

Anxiety, Relaxation, Stress

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. –  K.T. Jong

Yesterday afternoon, I noticed something as I walked through my kitchen.  It wasn’t necessarily the smell of soup on the stove (although it did smell good!) or the sight of my beautiful cat Alexa intently watching birds from her window perch.

What struck me was the noise – or I should say the LACK of noise. My family members work different hours of the day and night, and during the day (from 9 am to 3 pm) everyone besides me and Alexa are either sleeping, at work, or in class.  I work from home and, during my work hours, I don’t play music or watch tv.  On my lunch break, I pop in an episode of I Love Lucy, Friends,  The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith (or another favorite classic sitcom) – but it comes out the minute the last bite has been eaten.

It was during this “Quiet Zone” that I walked through the house and couldn’t help noticing how different quiet seems.  Throughout a typical day, we all encounter so much clatter and racket that I think it becomes normal.  The television, the traffic, the radio, videos online, text dings, phone rings, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the noise police.  I love sounds of life!  And, around 3:00 each day, I’m pretty much craving them.

However, I’m also a huge fan of periods of absolute quiet.  When I drive, I almost never play the radio anymore.  I often like to drive along with my thoughts to keep me company – they’re excellent companions, I never know what to expect from them next.

And that’s the point.

If we fill our ears… and, thereby, our minds…. up with noise all day, how will we ever hear ourselves think.  When will we find the opportunity to squeeze an original thought in?

Our world is one noisy place. But get this:  According to a news report, science has found a way to achieve absolute silence.  Silence that even surpasses the silence in our home form 9 – 3.   Scientists have shown off the blueprint for an acoustic cloak, which could make objects impervious to sound waves. The technology, outlined in the New Journal of Physics, could be used to build sound-proof homes, advanced concert halls, or stealth warships.  I guess the last example are of little use if they aren’t sneaky.

We’d all do well to find our own “acoustic cloak” – and not JUST when we’re trying to write, think, study, or concentrate.  Granted, these times require peace and quiet – but you’d be surprised how therapeutic absolute quiet is when you enjoy it “for no reason at all.”

Start carving out “acoustic cloak” moments of your own during the day. Plan for them in the same way you’d plan to exercise. Below are some suggestions for these delicious time outs:

  • While driving to and from work. Leave the radio off and ride along with your thoughts.
  • Before, during, and after your shower or bath.  Try to keep your mind as still and quiet as possible.
  • Take a nice quiet walk outdoors.  The music nature makes can’t be beat by any instrument man invents.
  • Sit and stare out the window in absolute silence – just like a cat!

If you set aside time during the day to QUIET and STEADY your mind and nerves, you’ll feel refreshed and invigorated for the rest of the day.  Who knows, you might even hear a great idea in your head that you’d been drowning out.

People are always looking for ways to relax, ways to unwind, and ways to get rid of anxiety.  The first step is to simply bring more quiet to your world.  Too much stimulation of the senses can leave you feeling overwhelmed and out of sorts.  One of the simplest, yet most powerful, things you can do is to simply bring more quietness to your world.

A word of warning, however:  Don’t become a noise police, expecting everyone around you to tiptoe or turn their entertainment down.  If you find one area of your home too noisy, be considerate and simply move to another.   You simply can’t expect everyone to seek peace and quiet at the exact same time everyday… unless, the individual you spend most of your time with is a goldfish!

Make each quiet moment count double,
~ Joi

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