We live in a noisy world. Not only are there so many audible sounds, but we live in a world where there is an abundance of knowledge, resources, and opinions thrown at us constantly through media. We barely have time to sit and breath in the silence. We want to make decisions, but the world decides for us. We want a break, but everywhere we turn, the noise follows. We spend our days consuming what everyone else thinks and believes, and we are slowly forgetting who we are as unique individuals.
So what do we do?
1. Set boundaries.
No one can say “no” for you. If you are waiting for the noise to stop while still wading through it, you will be waiting forever. Set a boundary for how long you are on social media or how long you will watch the news. Delete people from your online following who add to the noise rather than inspire and nurture your soul. Grab a book instead of watching unlimited episodes of reality television. Give yourself permission to say “no.”
It's hard to shut off the noise, but one way to do so is to unplug. This means you take a step away from all technology. Unplugging takes you a step further than setting boundaries and cuts you off completely to allow room for your thoughts, self-discovery, and introspection.
3. Take a day off.
Maybe the noise is at your work. Your job is in a fast-paced environment, or there are negative vibes all around that you just can't turn off. In this case, you're probably way overdue for a day off! Don't spend your day off wading through more noise at home. Be intentional about how you spend your day off. Here are 5 Things To Do On Your Next Day Off!
4. Create a noise filter system for your life.
Think about a filter for a moment. Whether in a vacuum, air conditioner, or coffee maker, a filter only lets the good things through. Add a mind filter to your own life. You will eventually morph into the type of noise you allow. Are there negative beliefs being flung your way? Maybe there's depressing articles you read every day or an online group that is toxic. You will find yourself becoming a more negative person the longer you allow this noise into your life. Instead, take time while you are unplugged to make an agreement with yourself about what kind of noise you will and won't let into your life.
What noise do YOU need to remove from your life and how do you plan to do so? Tell us in the comments!