A westerner's search for peace and quiet

by | Nov 04, 2014

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind”. - Albert Einstein

As I walked beside the River Ouse, I couldn’t help but grow agitated at the sounds of heavy machinery digging up the adjacent land. I’d specifically set off that morning to find somewhere quiet. It wasn’t that I’d had a really hard month, just a really loud one. So much so I’d even started to dream of loud noises, which I didn’t think was possible.

So, I headed to the outskirts of the city and found a small church, which was open for visitors. It looked ideal for a spot of silence. I turned my phone off, found myself an empty pew and paused. It must have been only five seconds into the stillness that the doors of the church were opened by a group of school kids on a class outing. I stayed until I heard a lad’s phone go off blasting Adele’s track ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

I ventured out of the ringtone sanctuary and found myself walking back into town. It dawned on me that finding actual peace and quiet wasn’t easy without driving to the back of beyond. And even then, planes, trains and automobiles will never be far away. I cut my losses and walked to the pub.

The experience got me thinking about the importance of quietness. Are there tangible benefits to relaxation and stillness? To my surprise I found quite a few reasons that show why it’s important to switch off.

1) According to Ohio State University, relaxation appears to boost immunity.

2) Doctors have argued that intentional relaxation-exercises provide an emotional balance.

3) Staff at the University of Western Australia found that women are more likely to conceive during periods when they are relaxed rather than stressed.

4) Harvard Medical School staff found that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones.

5) Stress has been proven to lead to inflammation, a state linked to heart disease, arthritis, asthma and skin conditions such as psoriasis, say experts at Emory University. They believe that relaxation can help prevent and treat such symptoms by switching off the stress response.

So, if you are in desperate need of switching off, why not check out the BEST WESTERN PLUS Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel. The hotel spa boasts of Dry Flotation Beds with massaging jets, giving you the feeling of weightlessness. They say that a 30 minute session is the equivalent of six hours sleep. Peace.

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