Noise Pollution – Do You Hear It?

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From the persistent racket of traffic to the unpleasant sounds of machines and other noise pollution, our daily lives are rarely still and quiet. Televisions, radios, cell phones, loud conversations — attack us from every corner. It’s no wonder at the end of the day we are drained and tense.

Experts from leading health organizations and research universities have confirmed a close connection of exposure to excessive noise with increased levels of stress and related health issues.

A study conducted near London’s Heathrow Airport showed a connection between consistent exposure to environmental noise with mental health problems, increased production of the stress hormone, cortisol, psychological distress, gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular conditions. Even low-level sounds have been connected to increased aggression and poor sleep.

There are several ways to institute daily moments of silence to counter the effects of environmental noise.

Start the day in silence. Do something quiet and relaxing for about 15 minutes after you wake up. For example, read something inspirational, meditate or do some light stretching. What you don’t want to do is turn on the noisy television and watch the news, which is what most people do!

Noise Pollution   Do You Hear It?

Enjoy your meals without the distraction of the television or even a book. This allows you to be conscious of the food you’re eating, allows you to enjoy the food and prevents you from overeating. Your awareness of the taste of the food and the process of eating helps you be more attuned to when your body is satisfied. This practice also helps the food to metabolize more efficiently.

When you are driving, turn off the radio and get your thoughts together. Silence refreshes us.

Set up a quiet space in your home where you can retreat to when needed. Turn off the telephone and T.V. If you have a cooperative significant other and children, you can try this as a family, or trade nights with a partner who is willing to take the children out for a little while.

Exercise outdoors WITHOUT your iPod or other media. Listen to your breathing and aware of your posture and muscles. Be conscious of the signals your body is sending you – straighten up, slow down or speed up.

When you realize how wonderful peace and quiet can be, you will not only feel better, you will be healthier. Find creative ways to get away from harmful noise pollution. Hit that MUTE button!