quiet http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12085/all en-US 8 Simple Ways to Clear Your Mind http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3290970519_2d6de72989_z.jpg" alt="calm woman" title="calm woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are days where you can't seem to free your mind from all your woes. Figuring out how to unravel a busy mind can create an even bigger challenge. The brain is an amazing thing, and sometimes simply tricking it into thinking it is serene and clear is the only way to unwind and recharge. During high-stress moments or while accomplishing basic tasks, here are a few tricks and tips for clearing your mind, paving the way for a great day full of smart decisions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Relaxation-Ideas-28158788">RELATED: 12 Ideas for Taking a Mental Health&nbsp;Day</a></p> <h2>1. Write It Out</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When you're flustered, spend a few minutes free-writing about your problems, which may help release them from your mind. Putting your concerns to paper helps your brain work through your problems, clearing thoughts and allowing you to move on. And once you're done writing, close the journal, keeping your thoughts tucked away in the pages, and not in your brain.</p> <h2>2. Get Some Fresh Air</h2> <p>A simple change of scenery helps clear the mind and refresh the brain. Go for a long walk or sit outside and take a few deep breaths. Breathing slowly and mindfully activates the brain to release neurohormones that inhibit stress-producing hormones and trigger a relaxation response in the body.</p> <h2>3. Get Distracted</h2> <p>When your brain's in overdrive, give it something different to think about. Play a game, read a book, or watch a movie. While you are taking a vacation from your pressing thoughts, you brain just might come up with some fresh ideas, giving you a new perspective on your problems.</p> <h2>4. Clean Your House</h2> <p>When you can't turn off your brain, put your body to work and clean your house. While you're scrubbing the tub, imagine cleaning out your brain, removing each thought that's bothering you one at a time. By the time your house is sparkling clean, your brain will be wonderfully clear too.</p> <h2>5. Smell the Flowers</h2> <p>That's right &mdash; take a break and smell the flowers. Stop being so hard on yourself, and snap out of it. Sometimes simply telling yourself that you've had enough stress and anxious thoughts tricks the brain into turning off. Stay positive, give yourself a quick pep talk, and before you know it, your brain will be clear.</p> <h2>6. Think About It</h2> <p>Meditate on what's bothering you, imagining working out your problems step by step. Project yourself into the future, to a moment where you are happy and calm, and then work backward, figuring out what happens along the path to serenity.</p> <h2>7. Don't Worry About Time</h2> <p>When a busy brain is keeping you up all night, don't worry about time. Unplug the clock, set an alarm somewhere else in your house, safeguard so you won't be late for work, and relax. This way, losing sleep doesn't top the list of things making your brain busy.</p> <h2>8. Share Away</h2> <p>Clear the air by talking it out with a good friend. Call someone who's willing to lend a good listening ear, and share every thought that's bugging you. Along with sharing, chatting with a friend may offer new ideas for solving problems. Don't forget to return the favor in the near future to your attentive confidant.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Between managing work, family, friends, and more, it&#039;s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Instead, take a moment to relax with one of these suggestions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Why-Youre-Motivated-26825177">5 Reasons Why&nbsp;You're Not Motivated</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Common-Negative-Thoughts-24911192">Overcome These 5 Negative Thoughts</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Increase-Energy-24632215">7 Ways to Boost Energy and Get More Done</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-manage-powerful-emotions">6 Ways to Manage Powerful Emotions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress">20 Free (or Really Cheap) Ways to Relieve Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/banish-stress-easy-ways-to-get-calm-now-and-forever">Banish Stress: Easy Ways to Get Calm Now and Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-silence">In Search of Silence: 4 Ways to Get Peace and Quiet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development calm quiet relaxation Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:48:31 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 968713 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4560723165_9fb12caaa8_z.jpg" alt="blowing bubbles" title="blowing bubbles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking time for yourself may seem impossible if you're the type of person who packs your daily schedule, or if you tend to overcommit your time. Even taking a five-minute break seems unrealistic to parents and those of us with busy lifestyles. But there may be ways to take a time out for yourself that you haven't thought of, or it may just take a little more dedication to self-care to get those extra few moments to yourself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-reward-yourself-right-now">21 Frugal Ways to&nbsp;Reward Yourself Right Now</a>)</p> <p>Whether you're at the office or at home, making sure you get some alone time is an important part of emotional well-being and maintaining balance in your life. Here are some suggestions for ways to ensure that you get at least five minutes focusing on yourself. While some of these are purely for fun, others are more practical ways to snag some time to yourself <em>and</em> accomplish those little tasks you've been putting off.</p> <h3>1. Take Fresh-Air Breaks at Work</h3> <p>Take a five minute break from your computer and walk around the building, or just go outside to get some fresh air. If you work at a computer all day, it is important to take regular breaks from the screen. Screen breaks not only help save your eyesight and prevent headaches, but they can also promote productivity. For more reasons to take five and go for a walk, check out Paul's article on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">benefits of walking. </a></p> <h3>2. Make Yourself a Cup of Tea</h3> <p>Whether you're an herbal tea drinker or a green tea fan, taking time to slow brew a cup of tea is a great way to get an extra five minutes of quiet solitude. Five minutes is a good average seeping time for most types of tea. In the winter, take the prevention route by brewing echinacea or ginger tea.</p> <h3>3. Five-Minute Meditation</h3> <p>Normally I'm one of those people who cannot clear my head when I meditate, but recently a friend and meditation guru introduced me to a method that really worked for me. Pick a phrase or mantra that is meaningful to you. Set a timer, close your eyes, and repeat the words silently in your head for five minutes. If you can't think of a phrase, try repeating something that you are thankful for.</p> <h3>4. Write a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Speaking of being thankful, writing a thank you note to someone is a great way to show your gratitude and sharpen your letter-writing skills at the same time, and it doesn't have to be something specific. It's a small gesture, but a simple thank you goes a long way.</p> <h3>5. Start Your Bucket List</h3> <p>Five minutes may not be enough time to write down all the things you'd like to do in your life, but you can at least get your bucket list started. Set a timer and just start writing. Don't worry about making your list extravagant. Taking five to dream about the places you'd like to travel or goals you want to set for yourself can also be a good way to look back on everything you've accomplished.</p> <h3>6. Make a Flower Arrangement</h3> <p>Even if you don't consider yourself a creative person, you'd be surprised at how relaxing it is to make a simple flower arrangement or centerpiece for your dining room or kitchen table. You don't even need flowers for a centerpiece. Pine cones, fruit, or any materials you find around the house or in your yard can also work.</p> <h3>7. Read a Short Article About Something You Are Interested In</h3> <p>Reading has lost much of its allure now that there's a wealth of television and film that can be watched instantly online. Taking five minutes to read an article or blog post about one of your interests is one way to sharpen reading skills and engage with the world around you while taking a few moments of solitude.</p> <h3>8. Five-Minute Stretches</h3> <p>There are plenty of stretches you can do to help maintain flexibility and prevent sore muscles, even if you only take five minutes to stand up and stretch at the office. Check out Meg's article, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-exercises-to-do-at-work-that-dont-make-you-look-silly">10 Exercises to Do at Work That Don't Make You Look Silly</a>, for more ideas on ways to get exercise during short breaks at work.</p> <h3>9. Call a Time Out for Yourself</h3> <p>This is a great one for parents. Instead of calling a time out for the kids, call an official time out for yourself. Take a few moments and let someone else watch the kids while you go to your room to meditate, stretch, or just sit in silence. No matter where you take your time out, try to find somewhere quiet.</p> <h3>10. Quick Foot Soak</h3> <p>Give your feet a rest with a five-minute foot soak in the tub or a water basin. Soaking in bath salts is an excellent way to take some time to yourself, relax, and ease tired feet. You don't need to buy expensive salts. A cup of Epsom salt will work fine, or for added relaxation and aromatherapy, you can sprinkle in dried herbs such as lavender or chamomile.</p> <h3>11. Walk the Dog</h3> <p>Taking the dog for a quick walk by yourself is another way to get away from the family or coworkers for five minutes. If you work in a dog-friendly office, let your coworkers take turns with walking your dog; it's a great way to give your dog some extra exercise and promote a healthy work environment.</p> <h3>12. Breathing Exercises</h3> <p>Like stretching, doing a few simple breathing exercises or taking a few long, deep breaths can help ease tension and give you some down time. For more ideas, read Sasha's breathing tip in her article, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-solid-yoga-tricks-to-help-you-relax">Super Solid Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax</a>.</p> <h3>13. Start a Budget</h3> <p>While this may not be the most relaxing way to spend five minutes for yourself, it is a practical way to get some alone time and initiate a more financially responsible lifestyle. If you aren't sure how to get started, look at David's post, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tips-for-improving-or-starting-a-budget">8 Tips for Improving or Starting a Budget</a>.</p> <h3>14. Plan a Vacation or Weekend Getaway</h3> <p>You may not be able to plan all the details of your next vacation or weekend getaway in five minutes, but you can definitely get started. Like the bucket list, just start writing down your ideas.</p> <h3>15. Call an Old Friend</h3> <p>With social media and all the communication technology available today, some people rarely make a phone call to catch up with an old friend. Of course, it may turn into more than five minutes, but it's a way to connect with an old friend with more than just posting something on a Facebook wall.</p> <h3>16. Do Some Online Bargain Shopping</h3> <p>If you're a regular Wise Bread reader, you are probably a frugal shopper. Take five minutes to compare prices and find great deals on an item on your shopping list.</p> <h3>17. Start a Blog</h3> <p>Ever wanted to start a blog but didn't think you had the time?&nbsp;Now's your chance. It takes about five minutes to set up a basic account for a blog. I find that WordPress is one of the more user-friendly blog sites, and you can always go back and change your design or add photos and a bio. Why not get started now?</p> <h3>18. Take a Quick Bike Ride</h3> <p>Like walking, riding a bike is a great way to get exercise and time for yourself. Cycling is also ideal for people who have knee or lower back problems.</p> <h3>19. Build a Fire</h3> <p>This one may not be for everyone, but I love building fires whenever I visit friends who own a wood-burning stove or fireplace. Getting up early to start the first fire gives you some time to yourself before everyone else wakes up, and it's also practical. If you don't own a fireplace, you can always get up early to start that first pot of coffee.</p> <h3>20. Eat a Piece of Chocolate</h3> <p>This one is purely for indulgence. I don't know if all the claims about the benefits of dark chocolate are true, but antioxidants or not, I can't think of anyone who doesn't love sitting down and enjoying a piece of chocolate.</p> <h3>21. Drink a Glass of Water</h3> <p>Hydration is important whether you are at work, home, or school. Most people don't realize that they aren't drinking enough water. The standard goal is to aim for 64 ounces of water a day. Take five minutes to make sure you get in another eight ounces today.</p> <h3>22. Make Breakfast for Yourself</h3> <p>I'm a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make something you've never tried before or that you normally wouldn't eat because you don't have time. You can make eggs and toast in about five minutes.</p> <h3>23. Blow Bubbles</h3> <p>On a recent vacation, I happened to notice a bubble machine in a second-story window of a busy square. Watching the bubbles float down to the ground was so peaceful that I decided to buy some the next time I see them at a store. Indulge the kid inside and get a bottle for yourself.</p> <h3>24. Paint Your Toenails</h3> <p>Normally, I don't take the time to paint my toenails, but I find that it can be as relaxing and meditative as painting a picture or room. It's also less time-consuming and a little cheaper. If you just aren't into that kind of thing, get a watercolor kit or stain a piece of furniture.</p> <h3>25. Take a Five-Minute Nap</h3> <p>There's a lot to be said for the power nap. I find that when I'm exhausted, even a five-minute nap can be refreshing and provide an excellent opportunity to get some alone time.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-clear-your-mind">8 Simple Ways to Clear Your Mind</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity free time healthy quiet relaxation Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:36:34 +0000 Ashley Watson 954957 at http://www.wisebread.com Everyday Noise: The Ignored Pollution? http://www.wisebread.com/everyday-noise-the-ignored-pollution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/everyday-noise-the-ignored-pollution" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wisebread_noisepollution.jpg" alt="Too loud!" title="Too loud!" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On your list of simple-living priorities, reducing noise pollution probably doesn&rsquo;t make the top ten &mdash; or even fifteen. I completely understand. Still, I contend that noise is one of those &quot;slow-creep&quot; pollutants &mdash; something that folds and blends into our world so gradually that it goes nearly unnoticed until one day we wake up and realize we&rsquo;re living inside a kazoo that&rsquo;s being played by a sadistic clown. Likewise, I believe noise affects the quality of our daily lives. It can be distressing whether we realize it or not. It breaks our concentration, interrupts our meals, keeps us up too late, and wakes us too early. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise">Shhhhh: How to Block Out Noise</a>)</p> <p>Our electronic world is filled with noise, and cell phones are one of the biggest offenders. There&rsquo;s a tone when we have a call, a tone when we&rsquo;ve missed a call, a tone when we&rsquo;ve been left a new voicemail, a tone when we have an old voicemail to retrieve, a tone when we have a text, a tone when we&rsquo;ve sent a text, a tone when we hit each key while typing a text, a tone for each number we hit while dialing, a tone when we turn on the phone, and finally &mdash; a tone when we turn the darned thing off. I realize that most of these audible indicators can be silenced, but who really does that? Go to any restaurant on a Friday night around 6:30, and you&rsquo;ll know exactly what I mean.</p> <p>My new microwave has an alarm that lets me know my when my food is done and another alarm reminds me to retrieve it. The latter distress signal is sounded every 30 seconds until the microwave door is opened. Left unattended, it would continue its &ldquo;bleep-bleep-bleep&rdquo; infinitely in a maddening pattern. It forces this question &mdash; what&rsquo;s the purpose of this audible reminder every 30 seconds? The power is off; there is no imminent danger of fire or overcooking. Does the manufacturer think that, left to my own incompetence, I will permanently forget that I&rsquo;ve cooked something? Are they trying to help me avoid a nasty surprise six months down the road when I open the microwave only to discover a moldy disc of something that used to be Fettuccine Alfredo?</p> <p>Perhaps the best example of this new breed of domestic noise pollution is the leaf blower. Oh, how lovely it is to herald in the autumn with the sound of these gas-powered creatures tending to our lawns. The quiet activity called &ldquo;raking&rdquo; has been replaced by gas fumes, brute horsepower, and the concomitant din that&rsquo;s usually associated with high-risk military maneuvers.</p> <p>Isn&rsquo;t it time to simplify the noise in our lives &mdash; whether that noise is figurative or literal? Isn&rsquo;t it time to seek out and demand new products that don&rsquo;t encroach upon those rarer and rarer silent moments? If we&rsquo;re auditing and editing the things in our lives that we&rsquo;ve outgrown, that no longer work, that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">take up space</a>, and that don&rsquo;t serve a purpose, maybe it&rsquo;s time for an assessment of our audible world too. Let&rsquo;s turn down the volume, silence unnecessary alerts, and reserve alarms for what&rsquo;s truly alarm-worthy. Maybe in a world filled with noise, it&rsquo;s time rake a few leaves or, better yet, enjoy the quiet rustle of just taking a stroll through them.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everyday-noise-the-ignored-pollution">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise">Shhhhh: How to Block Out Noise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-living-lessons-i-learned-from-hoarders">Simple-Living Lessons I Learned From &quot;Hoarders&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-you-are-missing-out-on-for-spending-too-much">17 Things You Are Missing Out on for Spending Too Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/take-an-imaginary-do-over">Take an Imaginary Do-Over</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/convert-your-crap-into-cash-without-a-garage-sale">Convert Your Crap Into Cash Without a Garage Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle declutter noisy quiet Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:48:12 +0000 Kentin Waits 898450 at http://www.wisebread.com Shhhhh: How to Block Out Noise http://www.wisebread.com/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/covering_ears.jpg" alt="Boy covering his ears" title="Boy covering his ears" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As I&rsquo;m writing this, the apartment to my left is having its kitchen smashed out with a sledgehammer, the apartment across from me has power tools running with the door open, and in the hallway, a couple of chatty fellows are spraying the ceiling down with something &mdash; pssst, pssst, pssst, talk, talk, talk.</p> <p>I am the last tenant on the fourth floor of an apartment building that is being completely rehabbed, and I have been thinking a lot about quiet recently.</p> <p>See, I work out of my apartment, and having that apartment dropped in the middle of a construction site during working hours isn&rsquo;t exactly conducive to quiet concentration. I have, however, figured out some ways to battle the noise (and researched others that I have yet to try). So if you&rsquo;re looking for a little quiet &mdash; at home, at the office, or while traveling &mdash; I hope these suggestions can help you out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-silence">In Search of Silence: 4 Ways to Get Peace and Quiet</a>)</p> <h3>Wear Earplugs</h3> <p>I developed a bad habit in college that I haven&rsquo;t been able to completely shake &mdash; wearing earplugs to bed. The good news is that I always have earplugs around, and they&rsquo;re a cheap, easy-to-find (most drug stores have them), and relatively effective method of blocking noise. The downside is that earplugs often don&rsquo;t block noise entirely, they just muffle it.</p> <h3>Listen to Music</h3> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing I&rsquo;ve learned from stereotypical teenagers on TV, it&rsquo;s that turning up the tunes is a great way to drown out annoying parents (parents who also, most likely<em>, just don&rsquo;t understand</em>). If you&rsquo;re trying to listen to music while working, the key is to find music you can work to. Personally, I can&rsquo;t write to anything with lyrics, so recently I&rsquo;ve been playing <a href="http://www.ratatatmusic.com/">Ratatat</a> and <a href="http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/home">Pretty Lights</a> in heavy rotation. Pumping the music directly into your ears with headphones can also be more effective than just playing it in your space.</p> <h3>Use Noise-Canceling Headphones</h3> <p>Of course, even more effective than listening to music through headphones is listening to music through noise-canceling headphones.&nbsp;They can be an investment, running between $100 and $300, but they read ambient noise in your immediate area and create a signal to cancel it out.</p> <h3>Close Your Windows</h3> <p>It's really quite simple, but if you&rsquo;re getting noise from the outside, close your windows. This might mean you need to turn on the heat or AC, so there&rsquo;s definitely a cost involved &mdash; but the white noise from the machines might help block the noise even more.</p> <h3>Pad Your Space</h3> <p>Soft things help suck in noise (that&rsquo;s why you always see foam on the walls of recording studios). So opt for a plush living space instead of one with all hard surfaces &mdash; thick curtains, carpeting, pillows, and other bits of softness can all help dampen sound.</p> <p>Renter&rsquo;s website Tenant.net also recommends <a href="http://www.tenant.net/Rights/Noise/noise3.html">adding a second wall</a> if you can.</p> <h3>Meditate</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re better at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/focus-focus-fowhat-was-i-saying">focusing</a>, it&rsquo;s easier to block out noise.</p> <h3>Ask for the Noise to Stop</h3> <p>If you can, go to the source and ask for the noise to stop or the volume to be reduced. And I&rsquo;m not talking about banging a broom on the ceiling &mdash; ask directly and politely. Moreover, make sure you&rsquo;re asking the right person.&nbsp;Earlier today, I overheard a woman who lives on the floor below me chew out the construction workers for starting so early in the day. While I&rsquo;m not thrilled about it either, it&rsquo;s not their fault that our building management asked them to start banging around at 8 a.m.</p> <h3>Go Somewhere Else</h3> <p>When all else fails, it might just be time to go elsewhere. Sometimes I&rsquo;ll work in a coffee shop (yes, it&rsquo;s quieter than my apartment). At work, you might be able to temporarily move to another space, or even ask your boss for your desk to be moved permanently. But I'm sorry, that baby on the plane is not going anywhere (except your flight's final destination).</p> <p><em>What methods do you use for dealing with noise?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/that-what-if-you-knew-you-were-going-to-die-question">That &quot;What if you knew you were going to die&quot; question</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-fallacy-of-multitasking">The Fallacy of Multitasking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud">10 Critical Steps to Protect Your Data in the Cloud</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Productivity noisy quiet stay focused Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Meg Favreau 659373 at http://www.wisebread.com In Search of Silence: 4 Ways to Get Peace and Quiet http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-silence <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/in-search-of-silence" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009614304XSmall.jpg" alt="Man in the woods" title="Man in the woods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="210" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rolling through a few countries or towns on a long trip can bring out the best in you. You become more outgoing than usual, meet people from all around the world, and form tight bonds with fellow travelers. You can also pick up a new language, try out new foods, and generally push your own boundaries. It&rsquo;s all very exciting and energizing.</p> <p>Still, sometimes you just need a little down time, something that can be in short supply when you&rsquo;re living out of a suitcase and sharing space in communal settings, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-happy-hostels-to-hit-in-california-and-nicaragua-reviews">hostels</a>. Hostels offer some of the best places to meet other travelers, gather information, and make plans for future treks. They aren&rsquo;t the best places, however, for getting a little quiet time in. Sure, you can rent a private room for a few bucks more and get a little solitude there &mdash; if you have the money in your budget for it. Or you can rent a hotel room for a little more. But what do you do if you can&rsquo;t find or get space alone and you need a little quietude?</p> <h2>Ear Plugs and iPods</h2> <p>Ear plugs are the bomb! Pop them in and create a bubble of serenity around you, giving you the perfect space for a nap or the solitude you seek &mdash; right then and there. They&rsquo;re portable. They&rsquo;re cheap. And they&rsquo;re available all over the place. The trick is to find a spot, maybe in your bunk bed or in another room, and sack out. Even just throwing in some ear plugs and shutting your eyes for a few moments can give you a bit of respite from the chaos of travel. iPods do the same, letting you envelope yourself in a world of music wherever you are &mdash; as long as you aren&rsquo;t flashing them around too much in less affluent areas, where pickpockets and other thieves lurk.</p> <h2>The Bathroom</h2> <p>An oasis of quiet at different times of the day, the bathroom can give you the alone time you need for a 20 minute break. You can make your ablutions into a form of moving meditation, cleansing your mind of any turmoil, and making space for all the great new things coming your way. Best done, of course, when running water is available and when there isn&rsquo;t a line of people waiting for you to be done already.</p> <h2>The Woods</h2> <p>Another super space for finding some tranquility is the woods. Any woods. Wherever they are. And they usually are nearby somewhere. You just have to find them. The ones on the edge of town or out of town are the best since they are less populated than parks in urban areas and often attract other people who want a moment of calm or at least a brief connection with nature.</p> <h2>Religious Structures</h2> <p>An absolutely perfect place to sit in silence is a church. Or a cathedral. Or a temple. All of which are easily found and used in different locales around the world. In Central America, most towns host a cathedral right in the center. If you need to get away for a quick break, you can roll on into one of them and sit uninterrupted for however long you&rsquo;d like during the day. You can do the same thing in Hindi temples in Bali, Buddhist temples in Korea and China, and even random churches across the U.S. If you can find a yoga or meditation center where you are, even better.</p> <p>So take a few moments to gather some silence around you. And enjoy your travels all the more for it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Post? 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Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-search-of-silence">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Your Vacation Cancellation Recourse</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Travel meditation quiet silence Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:00:05 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 46099 at http://www.wisebread.com