It is National Quiet Day on Thursday 14th September 2017. Take a moment for yourself and enjoy a little sanctuary in silence. See more at quietday.co.uk/
Professor Stephen Stansfeld says that in a busy world quiet and tranquillity may have beneficial effects on our stress levels and wellbeing.
The benefits of quiet come in many forms, from lowering stress levels to unleashing creativity, enhancing your senses and awareness of the world around you. Thursday, 14th is the perfect opportunity to tune out the noise of life and let in a little serenity.
Find some ear plugs and give your thoughts some space, take time to reflect on your life. Quiet time allows you to be more conscious about your actions, giving you time to consider whether you are doing what you want with your life.
When you feel the urge to rush, stop and think. Give yourself a little quiet time, only do what enhances your life.
Swedish author Charlotte Eriksson says that “Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
A few years ago Susan Cain had a surprise success with “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” in which she suggested that rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen.
Cain’s thesis is that shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative; she shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.
Quiet people seem to be disadvantaged at work as well as socially. If you just want to do your work and try to stay in your calm, quiet world, letting everything else slide by unnoticed then you are likely to be seen as anxious, shy or unfriendly. The extrovert, outgoing and louder-mouthed members of the team don’t understand your way of working of being.
Susan Cain says that introverts can be highly creative and are more sensitive to external stimuli than extroverts, which means that an over-abundance of boisterous group work can be more exhausting. While they often need time away from colleagues in order to work effectively, quiet, private spaces are often lacking in work environments.
The list of famous introverts includes great public speakers, innovators, and leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Vincent Van Gogh, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Frederic Chopin, and Audrey Hepburn.
Mahatma Gandhi, renowned spiritual and political leader – and introvert – said it best: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”