How to find silence in a whirlpool of noise

When was the last time you experienced true silence?
It’s quite a rare commodity in this age of technology, social media and constant demands on our time.
However, Whirlpool, a washing machine company *Yes, really* have introduced a “quiet” washing machine.
They’ve also come up with the concept of “National quiet day” which is today.
So, to coincide with that – I’ve been asked by RNIB Cymru to write three posts on the theme of quiet.
So, this first post will focus on how to find more quiet places – and make the most of silence.
I must add, I’m writing this in a really noisy office. There are people on the phone – photocopiers and printers whirring and the low buzz of air-conditioning in the background.
So, how do you find quiet in a world of noise and bustle?
Here are five things to think about.
1: Find somewhere relatively quiet. It might be an empty conference room at work or a park, anywhere where you won’t be disturbed.
Sit/Stand/Lie back and just listen. What can you hear?
I’m not going to tell you to do any type of deep breathing 0- or find a “Place where you really loved going on holiday” (Or did I just say that) anyway, just listen to the silence.
2: Pop Classic FM on. It works for my guide dog Jimmey – that and radio four keep him company on the rare times I have to leave him behind.
It’s been proved by several studies that listening to classical music is good for your health – as it helps to reduce stress and lowers blood pressure.

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It really works. I listened to some classical music while studying for my theory exams during my post-graduate course and I did really well in the exam!
I doubt it’d have worked if I listened to Metallica!
3: Go for a walk in a forest/park/anywhere natural.
I’ve been an avid bird watcher since I was 3.
I say watcher, but there was more listening going on.
My Dad bought me two bird tapes and I learned all the songs and calls.
Bird song is calming and helps you feel less stressed.
4: Find a dog/cat and cuddle it.
During a period of severe stress – my guide dog Chelly (who is now retired) really helped me. She was the silent friend who sat by my side throughout and just helped me by just being herself – not making me talk, not trying to understand – but just being a quiet presence.

5: Read! I love reading – and it’s a way of escaping into other worlds – letting your mind wander and shutting the world out for a while.
In my next post I’ll write about another type of silence.
The silence some blind and partially sighted people can experience.

The RNIB has heaps of fantastic books – in Braille, large print and on CD and memory stick.
Why not visit them and find out how you can help – or how you could experience the joy of reading for yourself.
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