The Silent Treatment
When someone is giving you the "silent treatment" it's viewed as a mean way to treat someone. However, when you give YOURSELF some silent treatment it can be good not only for your mind, but your body and soul as well.
How Silence Helps - Silence gives you a chance to focus without any common distractions or responsibilities of daily life. You can "recharge". It will lower your heart rate and relieve tension, which lowers your stress. Silence will help lower your blood pressure which can help any number of ailments caused by hypertension. It's a free and easy way to add some major health benefits to your body.
How to Maximize Silence - First, you only need 2 minutes a day to add health benefits from being consciously silent. You can be silent anywhere-but if you purposefully find a quiet spot with no distractions (no music, no phone, no TV, no people) this will help insure complete quiet. Do it for a week every day and see if you start to feel the benefits. As you can, some days increase the time a bit.
How to Calm that Noisy Brain - I find when I am trying to concentrate on something, another part of me needs to be actively doing something else. For instance, when I am writing and trying to concentrate, or when I am driving, just chewing a piece of gum is keeping a part of me active so I can be focused on what I need to be focused on! Similarly there are things you can do to stay focused on being silent by getting your body engaged in something like taking a walk or riding a bike. Yes, there may be some outside sounds, but if you remain quiet and keep things that really distract you away from you a little bit of nature sounds will be relaxing as well. Work on a puzzle or do some sort of art or crafts, gardening or even clean the house. If you are purposeful with your quiet time, maybe you can quiet that noisy brain for a least a few moments a day.
Silence isn't the answer to everything, but using it for your health is not a bad thing to try. Like I said, it's free and relatively easy just to be silent--well for some of us, being silent might be a bit more tricky!--Jen Lush
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