Have you ever been doing something that requires some peace and quiet but been unable to get any? It seems like a common occurrence. You could be reading a book or working on schoolwork when someone in your house just decides to talk really loudly. Going outside isn’t really an option since it’s too hot, so you’ll just have to push through. This is easier said than done, though, and you’ll most likely not get through as much of what you’re doing as you’d like. One day, after this happens to you again, you stop what you’re doing and take the time to figure out the best ways to get some peace and quiet.
Ask everyone to be quiet
The easiest way to get some peace and quiet is to simply ask people to not say anything, or at least to talk in a low voice. The odds of this actually working depend on who you ask, but it couldn’t hurt to try, right? With this in mind, you knock on your roommate’s door, where they’re playing music on full blast. Your hard knock is somehow heard over the noise, and your roommate opens the door. In your kindest – but also firmest – voice, you ask them to turn their music off for a bit so you can focus on what you’re doing. With any luck, this strategy will work, and you can finally get a break from the noise.
Go somewhere else
Of course, if they say no to your request for peace and quiet, you can always go somewhere else outside the apartment. Perhaps there’s a coffee shop nearby that, while not entirely quiet, is suitable for your purposes. While there, you decide to order a cup of coffee and a biscuit and, when they bring it to you, their kindness reminds you that not everyone in the world is as selfish as your roommate. So, with your biscuit half-eaten, you continue to work on the schoolwork that you’ve put off for far too long.
Wear headphones or earplugs
While this isn’t a failsafe solution to the problem, it may help you to get at least more peace and quiet than you would otherwise have. It would help even more if you were one or two rooms away from the noise, since the efficacy of the headphones will rise with more distance put between yourself and the commotion. Now, regular headphones or earbuds, which you probably have, aren’t really going to give you the silence you desire. No, you’ll need to go out and buy some headphones designed for the purpose of keeping out noise.
Learn to cope
This isn’t really helpful when trying to find some peace and quiet, and neither is it a quick solution, which you may be looking for. Learning to deal with noise takes time and a lot of patience so, if you can’t do any of the other things on this list, then you’re going to want to learn to turn your ears off, in a sense, to any distracting sounds. When practicing this skill, start off slow with semi quiet noise (music would be preferable) and then build up gradually to loud sounds (TV, talking, etc.). By the end of this long process, you’ll be a pro at ignoring all sound!
Stop watching the news
Inner peace and quiet can be just as important as the outward variety. This means not stressing out as much (although this can be hard). The best way to eliminate the stress in your life is by avoiding stressful topics. Sounds logical, right? OK, so you probably have at least a general idea of what’s going on in the world thanks to the millions of news sources available to you. Yeah, cut those out of your life immediately. You absolutely do not need to know the horrible things happening everywhere in the world all the time.
Go for a walk
When you’re feeling anxious and unable to find any peace and quiet, stop what you’re doing and go for a nice walk by yourself. Don’t time yourself or anything. Just go for as long as you think you need to relax. Simply leaving your house or apartment or whatever for a little while does wonders for your mental health. Take a water with you if you’re planning on staying out for a bit. If you get too far away from the house and don’t think you can make it back, all you have to do is call an Uber to drive you back. That’s one of the good things about living in this modern world with all it’s drama.
Listen to some calming music
It’s kinda going against the rules of getting some peace and quiet, but listening to some nice music for a little bit will help relax you. This will allow you to face your problems with renewed energy instead of struggling to deal with work while at the same time having your mind fight against you. You don’t just have to listen to calm music, though, for this to work. If you listen to something that means something relaxing to you (it could bring back a nice memory), that can be just as effective as listening to calming music that you’ve never heard before.
Reserve some time each day for yourself
Every once in a while, you get overwhelmed by life and feel like exploding. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone, which means that other people have figured out a solution to your problem! One of the best things you can do to restore your mental health and get some peace and quiet is to set aside some time each day for yourself. It should probably be at least 2 hours so you won’t have to worry about getting up soon. During these couple of hours, you can do whatever you want. Want to take a quick nap? Go right ahead.
Take a much needed break
Keeping with the spirit of the previous example, you should definitely consider taking a break from everything every once in a while. It will be a great opportunity to get some peace and quiet. There are endless ways to do this. Like before, you can take a couple hours each day to distance yourself from your problems, or you could plan an entire day to yourself sometime in the future. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about anything for a little while? It seems that that’s all you do nowadays. Break out from your negativity by recharging your mental batteries constantly.
Do you ever need some peace and quiet? Have you tried doing any of the things on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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