Where do you find stillness? How often do you sit in silence? Over the past week in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group we have put the focus on finding at least 5 minutes each day to find stillness, silence and a feeling of calm.
Our minds can become ‘busy’ even in isolation as we try to find ways to fill our day. The fill with the noise of daily life, social media, technology, traffic, calls from others wanting our attention. Noise pollution!
Do you make time just to sit quietly and clear your mind?
Our mental health and well-being can be improved by just this simple act. Stress and anxiety are lowered as we bring our focus to the moment.
Sitting in silence with just the sound of your breath needs practice but there are several health benefits to incorporating some stillness in your life on a daily basis.
Health Benefits of Finding Silence and Stillness
Silence can relieve stress and tension. Noise pollution can raise our stress levels by releasing the stress hormone, cortisol. A report by the World Health Organization and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, released in April found:
A steady exposure to “noise pollution,” may lead to higher blood pressure and fatal heart attacks. The report analyzed a large number of epidemiological studies, most of which were conducted in Europe.
Silence can regenerate brain cells. A 2013 study on mice showed that two hours of silence daily led to the development of new cells in the hippocampus which is the area of the brain associated with learning, memory and emotion.
Stillness can bring mental clarity and allows us to hear our thoughts.
Finding silence & stillness in your day
Your daily focus is to find somewhere quiet and just be still for 5 minutes.
Karin Lawson, PsyD, a psychologist and clinical director of Embrace, suggests that stillness can be achieved anywhere, even on a busy street.
The key is to create an intention of stillness — to have some intentionality about how we’re carrying ourselves in a given moment — and to focus on what is within our control,Karin Lawson, PsyD
- You might want to watch the sun rise or set,
- You might want to focus on nature,
- You might have a special place that you can stop and appreciate the moment.
- Find some where that you can be present, blocking out the noise. Breathing in the feeling of calm and exhaling the busy thoughts that are crowding your mind during the day.