The older I get, the more I appreciate more peace and quiet. I never thought I’d want to live away from a big city, but a little house on the prairie somewhere is starting to get real tempting. For now though, I just have to learn to find ways to get more peace and quiet right where I’m at. If you feel the same, here are some great tips for you.
1 – Get Some Peace And Quiet In The Car
An average working adult in the United States spends over 200 hours in their car commuting. I bet most of that time is listening to a music CD or radio. Now I do recommend using some of this time to turn your car into a University by listening to self-improvement audio books, but you can also use this time to get some quiet time. Try turning off the radio if you need some peace and quiet. Listen to nothing but your thoughts. It’s quite calming, especially after a long day at the office.
2 – Invest In A Good Pair Of Noise Cancelling Headphones
Before my wife and I moved into our home, she lived in an apartment in downtown Denver. It was very noisy there, like many places in a metro area. The walls are paper-thin. Looking back, a nice set of ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones would have been great to have. Get yourself a pair and use them whenever you need to get more peace and quiet.
3 – Take A Break From Electronics
Sometimes the noise is not audible. It’s all the information noise from our electronics that cause clutter in our minds. Try to take at the very least 30 minutes a day to unplug entirely. Turn off the TV, unplug the radio and turn off your phone. Use that time to relax and reflect.
4 – Take A Daily Walk
I try to take a walk daily to clear my head and get some exercise. While I’m walking, I don’t listen to any music or look at my phone. I use that time to live in the moment and get some peace and quiet. Start walking every day if you can. Do it at lunch time or during your break. It doesn’t have to be a long walk either. 10 minutes is just fine.
5 – Go Somewhere Quiet
No matter where you are, you can find places that require quiet. Go to your local library and spend an afternoon there. Surprisingly, Barnes & Noble is also pretty quiet and most of them have a Starbucks inside. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and pick up a good book while you are there. You can also take a nature hike if you are near those types of places.
6 – Spend Extra Time In The Bathroom
This sounds silly but trust me, the bathroom can be the most peaceful place in the house. Just ask any dad out there. I’m sure they will side with me on this. Spend a few extra minutes in the bathroom to get away from it all. You don’t always have to use the pot. Use it to meditate and reflect as well. The bathroom is a great place to find some peace and quiet.
What do you do to get some peace and quiet? Let me know below.