The Health Benefits of Silence | Self Care

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” – Francis Bacon

Many of us live in a world where noise is everywhere, the bustling out on the streets, music in the shops, our phones notifications, Youtube videos, Netflix, TV and background or white noise that many of us constantly have on to keep ourselves entertained while we do mundane activities. Life can get very loud. Silence seems to be less and less a part of our daily lives.

In silence, we are able to think, discover, and dive into our minds. When people say that silence is golden, that statement couldn’t be anymore true. According to research done in the mid 20th century by epidemiologists, there is a correlation between high blood pressure and chronic noise. Additional research has also shown a link between chronic noise and increased rates of sleep loss, elevated levels of stress hormones, heart disease, and tinnitus.

So it turns out that silence has health benefits, mentally and physically.

What silence can do for you

According to PsychCentral, silence helps in the body and mind in many ways. These include:

  • Decreases stress
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Prevents plaque formation in arteries.
  • Benefits the brain’s chemistry by growing new cells
  • Promotes good hormone regulation

Ways to practice silence

There are a few ways that we can get more silence into our lives while not dying of boredom. Luckily, you don’t have to implement them all or maybe you have ones of your own (just suggestions). What really matters is you are receiving those wonderful benefits of silence.

So, here are 3 suggestions that you can try:

Walking in nature or a more quiet area. I put this one first because it’s my favorite. Walking is my main source of exercise, stress release and way to explore my brain. Walking through nature and just taking in your surroundings can be a great way to tune out the world and become more in-tune with yourself.

Do your daily activities without background noise. This one is simple but if you are accustomed to having white noise on constantly then it can be a challenge. Taking a few minutes a day to do the dishes, folding clothes, cleaning or reorganizing with nothing on in the background can help to free up your mind.

Meditate. From joining a yoga or mindfulness class to meditating alone at home. This is one of the best ways to get more calm into your life and immersing yourself in your own mind.

Doing stretches in the morning. If you have a few minutes to yourself in the morning instead of turning to your phone, do some basic stretches. It’s good for your body and  mind.

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Published by Saphie Renee

I’m Saphie Reneé, an American living in the Netherlands.

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