When was the last time you were quiet?

And by quiet, I don’t mean silently scrolling on social media!

Confession time: I’m also on a journey to embrace silence more often. It’s not easy in a noisy world. It’s filled with constant distractions. But, I’m learning to appreciate the power of silence in my life.

When I was a child, I got into trouble (no evidence!). My mom would tell me to sit quietly and think about what I had done.

As an active child, I found this torture.

But now, as a 58-year-old solopreneur, I crave silence.

Why is being silent so important?

Oh, let me count the ways. (Source: Psychology Today)

  1. Silence has been found to stimulate brain growth.
  2. Silence can relieve tension in just two minutes.
  3. Periods of silence throughout the day enhance sleep and lessen insomnia.
  4. Research in the 20th century linked noise pollution to more heart disease. It also linked it to tinnitus.
  5. Silence increases awareness and more time for personal reflection.
  6. Silence will allow you to focus better.

I hope that list has you considering getting silent more often.

Here are some ways to do that. As much as possible, do the following alone or, at least, with someone who wants to embrace the silence with you.

  • Go on a walk without your phone (or put it on Do Not Disturb). Bring your dog along.
  • Visit a local park.
  • Sit and focus on your breath.
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset without trying to take the “perfect” picture.
  • Find a hobby that requires you to be quiet, such as reading.
  • Challenge yourself to be quiet for an hour. Then, increase this to two and three hours.
  • Meditate/pray.
  • Journal in a print journal.
  • Go outside, remove your shoes, stand on the ground and in the sun with your eyes closed.

Let me ask you again: When was the last time you were quiet?