Living in total silence has become uncomfortable to us, especially in this day and age where we often feel like we need some sort of background noise going.
Let’s face it, at some point in time, we all face the same problem of our digital devices being “materialized” in our hands for no apparent reason. This has become so common ever since apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube came out. The more we spend time using each app, the more it latches onto our brains, weaving an invisible thread that tethers our phones to our minds.
The never-ending cycle of waking up, responding to the bleeps and beeps of the digital device is detrimental to one’s wellbeing. So how do we then overcome this problem?
By spending time in silence and getting comfortable with it.
As much as you may enjoy having music constantly playing in the background or the TV always on, that constant noise can wear on you. Even if you don’t realize it, your brain is working extra hard to process that noise along with your current task. Yes, it’s okay to allow yourself that music or TV or even conversation with others while performing some tasks and duties.
However, you want to make sure you are also setting aside special “quiet time” for yourself throughout the day.
1) Finding Calm Within
Setting aside time to embrace the silence and enjoy peace and quiet will help your mind find the calm. You want to give your brain and body that time to rest and reset. A calm and peaceful environment allows you to rest. After the quiet time, you will feel rested. Your brain will be ready to take on new challenges.
2) Thinking Clearly
Oftentimes, the stress and noise of our everyday activities can fog our brains. Setting aside a time during your day – even 5 minutes – of quiet reflection will help to clear your mind and organize your thoughts. Meditation will also benefit you in this area.
3) Being Mindful
Marinating in quiet reflection time also allows you to practice mindfulness. You are being intentional with your time and with your thoughts. This brings about a huge benefit and will help immensely with de-stressing. Sitting and relaxing in complete silence does amazing things for your mind and body. You can really get in tune with your thoughts, emotions, and intentions. It may be uncomfortable at first or feel weird. But as you practice more and more, you will find that embracing the silence leads you to deeply reconnect with yourself.