Whether it’s yoga, meditation, using isolation tanks, hiking alone in the forest, or simply relaxing by yourself on the couch without any distractions, as humans we NEED silence sometimes. In the modern world everything is a nonstop hustle with a constant cacophony of noise from automobiles, TVs, cell phones, kids, adults, pets, airplanes, and everything else that hits us with an endless barrage of sound.

As many spiritual leaders will tell you, we need to escape from the noise. While they have their holistic healing reasons for this, there is science to back up their claims—at least when it comes to silence helping us mentally and physically.

You see, with the constant noise—most of it we don’t even notice—we build up stress. We feel anxious, our weight might fluctuate from the stress, and we have trouble sleeping. This is because we are constantly ready for action. Even if we aren’t aware of it. In the old days we didn’t have so much noise pollution wreaking havoc on our minds. Life was much more peaceful. It was how we’re meant to live.

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If you’ve ever gone hiking or camping you know how peaceful and relaxed you feel afterwards. Being in nature plays a big part in that, but so does the lack of noise. Being alone with your thoughts is extremely important in maintaining a centered state of being. If things are too loud too often, we feel on edge and stress takes over. If things are too silent for too long, we might begin to panic. But taking the time at least once a day to be alone, in a quiet place, where there aren’t any distractions is vital for stabilizing your mood. You need to let your mind roam free and release stress naturally.

It doesn’t take much effort to do this, and you don’t need to meditate or do yoga or any other soul searching endeavor. All you have to do is take some alone time for yourself for at least ten minutes everyday. Just close your eyes, don’t think about anything, and listen to your breathing. This will do wonders for your stress levels.

I know this can be difficult if you’re a parent or a very busy person, but your health and mood must be taken care of. It’s far too easy to let the unseen stressors of the day screw up your mood without you even knowing it. Taking a small break from the day will push these stressors away and improve your life dramatically. It seems simple, but it’s effective. Give it a try. Do it for ten minutes everyday for at least a week straight. You’ll be amazed by how much better your feel.

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