Have you ever considered your sound “diet”? How sound affects your health and well being? If not, you should!
Today I talk about how sound affects your health and why you should consciously choose the sound “diet” you take in on a daily basis. You CAN be in control of the sounds around you!
Unfortunately, in our culture, no one thinks about sonic environments and how it affects us. In fact, the louder the better!
William H. Steward, a former US surgeon general says, “Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.”
What happens when there’s too much sound to process? The brain goes into high alert mode and we aren’t able to sufficiently process all the noise around us. Being that alert can make you agitated, anxious, and stressed, which in turn can lead to further health issues. If we become overloaded with sound, our systems begin to close down. The long-term effect is barely noticeable, but it IS there. Over a period of time, we begin to notice that we don’t hear as well as we used to, we might be easily fatigued, or our focus seems scattered.
What can you do about the sounds surrounding you so you can be sure you’re feeding your body the kind of sounds it needs to be healthy and happy?
The first step is to take a day to assess and really listen. Choose different times of the day to listen. Take notes. Also note down how those sounds make you feel and any physical reactions you have. Just by becoming aware, you will be empowered to start making changes. By doing this, you will become unburdened by the sounds you didn’t know were affecting you.
Stay tuned because I’ll be sharing more tools you can use to make your sonic diet healthier!
Now is YOUR turn: What is YOUR sonic diet? How can you be more conscious about the sounds you’re allowing into your life.