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. It’s time to go to our quiet and peaceful place, and feed our mind and body so we can reap these five benefits, backed by science.
There’s a lot of great science showing that silence is very beneficial to your health.
Noise and especially noise over 30 decibels is associated with high blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. Lots of people get out of bed, take a shower, have coffee and put on the news and starts the cycle of stress for the day.
Silence lowers blood pressure and allows you to deal with life’s challenges in a better way.
Silence is like plugging in your phone… your mind needs to recharge too… and it does more recharging in silence than it does during sleep.
Silence is important if it’s inside or outside, sometimes you have more chatter going on inside than you have noise outside. Close the door… take a few deep breaths… and sit some where for a while and just watch the chatter slow down.
Silence allows you to find yourself in the midsts of all the crazy running around. Especially if you are a busy person, sometimes you get the feeling you are more of a human doing… than a human being… and silence will help you feel human again.
Silence boosts your immune system… making it easier for your body to fight of invading bacteria and other pathogens.
Silence makes you happy, spending time in silence boosts your brain chemistry… and as a great side effect you’re able to focus better too!
Silence makes you look and feel younger and at the same time have a lot more energy.
Silence reduces stress (lowers blood cortisol levels and adrenaline levels) which is the biggest killer in the world… adding 30 minutes of silence a day can change your life.
Silence allows for good hormone regulation and interaction of all the hormone related systems in your body.
Silence keeps plaques from forming in arteries… and thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Silence reduces pain, and also helps your brain to become more interactive, thus you work with more of your brain… leading to higher cognitive abilities.
Going for a walk in the park alone can cause brain growth in the hippocampus, leading to better memory. Immersing ourselves in nature helps the brain to focus and have better memory consolidation.
STIMULATES BRAIN GROWTH
Two hours of silence could create new cells in the hippocampus region. This is essential since the hippocampus is 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. This happens when sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear, which then causes the body to react to these signals. The amygdala — associated with memory formation and emotion — is activated, and this leads to the release of stress hormones.
Silence can release tension in the brain and body in just two minutes. Researchers found it was more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. This was based on changes in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.
Spending a few minutes a day in silence can lead to improved sleep, especially for insomniacs. Older adults who had trouble sleeping experienced less insomnia, fatigue, and depression after doing mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on our breathing and then bringing our mind’s attention to the present without thinking about the past or the future. It helps to break the train of everyday thoughts to provoke a relaxation response.