Is there too much noise in your life?

Dear Fellow Journalers,



Lately it seems that the world is awash with noise. Either it’s lawn mowers at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning (uh?) or radio music blaring from the car next to you in traffic.  It might not seem like a “big deal” to you, but have you tried to shut off the noise in your life lately?

No one seems to want peace and quiet anymore. I noticed this  last year when I tried mediating. Boy is it tough! The noise outside my window, the hum of kitchen appliances combined to make the experience impossible. I had wanted to write some posts for this blog and thought that if I got in touch with myself, I could reach inside and reclaim some peace and quiet and pour out “pearls of wisdom” for you. I gave up trying to mediate but I started researching.

How much noise is too much? What could I do to temporarily shut off all that noise?

I learned that blood pressure can spike when a cell phone goes off. More importantly, I learned that a noisy environment (like a crowded restaurant) could affect short-term memory. Yikes, I’m getting older – I need all the memory I can retain!

Below are some suggestions for you to try if YOUR world is too noisy:

1.  Try to take a noise break for 5 minutes at a time.

2.  When you get into your car, don’t automatically turn on the radio. Drive for about 10 minutes before  you turn on your favorite station.

3.  Choose what portion of the news you want to watch on TV.

4.  Make a rule – no cell/smart phone or tablet at family dinner.

  1.  Buy a pair of noise-canceling earbuds.

  2.  If you’re a Church/Temple goer, try to arrive 10 minutes early when the place of worship is empty.

  3.  A library is a Very Quite Place on purpose!

Life’s small moments can only add up to something memorable when you give yourself the gift of solitude. Peace and Quiet will aid in your journaling, your conversations and your life.


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