Q = Quiet Time
Horns honking, dogs barking, loud music blaring from the house next door; these and other examples of noise pollution are a source of annoyance for people who have to endure them regularly. But noise pollution is more than just an annoying inconvenience. Prolonged noise pollution can contribute to deafness, sleep problems, irritability, indigestion, heartburn, high blood pressure, ulcers, and heart disease. Workplaces that are plagued with noise pollution can suffer from reduced productivity as workers struggle to concentrate.
The same is true in our homes. Noise can delay children’s brain development and can affect everything from mood to wellness. Research has shown that community noise can contribute to lower reading scores in children, for example. Noise can also become a bad habit, where we rely on distracting noises to fill our heads instead of learning to sit in quiet with our thoughts, feelings or simple experiences. The great news is that quiet time, on the other hand, can help counter the effects of noise pollution and can promote wellness. Take little steps towards making healing silence a good habit in your family.
Noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in the 28 million people with impaired hearing in the United States. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent ~~ and it is preventable!
- Make your nest quieter. Consider installing dual-paned windows, weather stripping, and added insulation to cut down on the noise pollution that gets into your home from the city, traffic and neighbors around you.
- Turn off your TV. If you use TV for background noise, turn the set off when you’re not watching it. Practice turning the radio off in your car as well, and keep an eye on video game noise. At first the silence might seem weird to your children, or even to you, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it—and even to crave quiet.
- Be a quiet neighbor. Rake instead of using a leaf blower and trim your bushes by hand. Practicing the Golden Rule when it comes to noisy lawn work can make your weekend chores less stressful for you and your neighbors—and maybe they’ll even be inspired to do the same.
- Headphone alert. Have you taught your kids how to use headphones, or checked in with them? It might not have been something you’ve considered, but it’s worth a discussion.
- Shhh! Day or Whisper Weekend Night. Experiment with quiet times with your family to make silence a fun, collaborative experience. It’s a great way to observe just how much noise is typically a part of your home live, and to find out how comfortable your children are with quiet. Peaceful time shouldn’t feel like a punishment, because it’s actually a treat for your soul. Keep their ages in mind when setting expectations, though—younger children are more likely to need to be able to communicate their needs and distractions in order to feel safe..
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