When was the last time you experienced silence? Recall a moment when you were in an environment in which there was limited sound. Unwanted or disturbing sound is referred to as noise pollution and science has studied its impact on people since the 1960’s. It has been linked to many health issues including insomnia, stress, high blood pressure as well as lost productivity. What about the noise that comes from your internal environment? How much of your internal noise is disturbing or unwanted? Begin to pay attention to the unwanted noise in your life from external and internal sources.
THINK & DO
Create time for silence in your life and explore how it makes you feel. Does silence give you energy or create anxiety? Ways to experiment with finding silence in your day include taking 30 seconds to pause at the start of a meeting, sitting quietly for few minutes in your car before you enter your office or home, experiment with a silent commute, or enjoy a meal or beverage in quiet. Explore what silence is for you and invite others to share some of it with you.
We live our lives to a backdrop of a combination of sounds that create an immersive environment called a soundscape. Sound researcher Julian Treasures studies soundscapes and in his Ted Talk, The 4 Ways Sound Affects Us, he explains how sound impacts our physiology, psychology, emotions, brainwaves and more. He shares ideas for how to manage sound in open office spaces and deal with the unpleasant sounds we experience in everyday life.
“Silence can be seen either as the absence of noise, or as the space in which sound exists.”
Company founder Jae Ellard sat down with The Boss Show recently and discussed awareness as a business skill, the difference between awareness and meditation and how finding moments of silence in the day can be simple and energy giving. Listen to the Podcast.