Did you all see this article about very quiet rooms? The statements there about quiet being soothing are probably interesting by themselves and the general impact of noise on stress. However, going further, I wonder if Paleo people were more aware of their bodies with more quiet. That might help them avoid stress better than we can today.
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on August 28, 2013
at 06:12 PM
One thing that helps is white noise and its various forms such as pink, etc.
It tends to drown out noise that would otherwise make it through. Ideally, we should spend time in nature where we can hear birds, and the rustle of leaves, and the wind, and maybe running water in the form of a fountain, or rain, and ocean waves with optional seagulls. That's the kind of thing we're used to and crave.
There are apps and gadgets that can provide these, but please go out during lunch and visit a park if you can.
We need to spend some time going over, ruminating or meditating if you will, our thoughts. This helps us destress and decompress.
on August 28, 2013
at 06:03 PM
I think that it would help. I believe it would fall in the realm of meditation practice which I know is great for stress reduction.
on August 27, 2013
at 10:28 PM
Although it mentions that your ears will adapt and pick up various noises from your own body, the main injurious effects of noise pollution are based frequency/decibel/time of day. So having control over your sound environment at least when you are sleeping, meditating or reading a good book is worthwhile. Chronic stress can be triggered by countless almost subconscious "sound alerts" such as cats screaming, cars backfiring, ambulance sirens, neighbours fighting, etc.
I found making a sound proof room in an existing house or unit to be almost impossible; so the simplest option has been soft earplugs. High quality memory foam earplugs tend to be much better than wax or plastic earplugs. Some good brands will cut as much as 33 decibels off the top, varying by frequency.
Your ears do adapt to sound suppression but I find by wearing good soft earplugs while sleeping I'm not being partially roused out of REM or Delta sleep at night by urban noises.
Natural soundscapes mixed with subtle white noise is also an option.