2 days ago
We live in a loud world where TV, music, and smartphones fill the void with white noise. Silence and solitude are broken by the buzz of technology while we call, text, scroll, snapchat and email to feel less alone.
Silence and solitude give us the space to think, act, and play "catch up" with our mind, and can be very healthy for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Even without the sounds of technology, it can be physically and mentally exhausting when you’re in a situation of constant conversation and, even moreso, if you’re having to battle to get your voice and point of view heard above everyone else.
Being an introvert, with extrovert tendencies, I really struggle in a group or crowd where everyone is speaking at once, it can actually be physically painful...the sheer volume of noise! I tend to go quiet and won’t battle for my voice to be heard. Additionally, it exhausts me. I can feel completely drained by it and that’s why I really value quiet days. They can be so beneficial for our health in more ways than you might realise:- ✅Improved Memory
Simply going for a walk in the park alone can cause brain growth in the hippocampus, leading to better memory.
✅Stimulated Brain Growth
Sitting in silence could also boost brain growth by creating new cells. At least two hours of silence could create new cells linked to our ability to learn, remember things, and even our emotions.
Noise has a pronounced physical effect on the brain, which can lead to elevated levels of stress hormones. Research has found that silence can release tension in the brain and body in just two minutes and that it was more relaxing than listening to "relaxing" music. ✅Fighting Insomnia
Spending a few minutes a day in silence can lead to improved sleep, especially for insomniacs. Studies show older adults who had trouble sleeping experienced less insomnia, fatigue, and depression after doing mindfulness meditation. ✅Heightened Sensitivity
There are retreats that promote the power of silence by refraining from reading, writing, or eye contact which promotes overall wellbeing. .
We can all benefit from silent time.... try it just for an hour or so, to start with!💗💫 at Loch Etive,