5 More Ways to Quiet the Noise

You had a lot to say about quieting the noise last week. I enjoyed your thoughts and comments on how important you believe it is to find some quiet time, too.

I mined those comments and extracted these precious gems of wisdom for more ways we can quiet the noise.

Art journal 6-25-11 "Relax."  Photo of my art journal

1. Take a social media break. {Kelly’s suggestion} If I’m not careful, I get sucked into Twitter and Facebook. Before I realize it, an entire day has passed with little, or no, productivity on my part. Social media can be a good thing, but it can also become a time-waster. Taking that much-needed break isn’t all that easy. But listen to what Kelly said happened to her during her second week of taking a Twitter “fast” day: “…on the second Saturday I didn’t really touch my phone or computer at all. I was amazed at the breather it gave.

2. Go for a walk. {Rhoda’s suggestion} I love Rhoda’s suggestion! Step away from the noise–literally. Get outside and walk. Enjoy nature. Listen for God’s voice. Some of my best thinking (and praying!) is often done during my walks. From Rhoda’s comment, I believe the same holds true for her: “I think we do have so much going on that it is really good to think about making some quiet so we can hear from God…I like to…go for a walk…

3. Read a book. {Julie’s suggestion} If you’re anything like me, you think you don’t have time to read. Even if you find time, you haven’t read anything in so long, you wouldn’t even know where to begin. First, you do have time…if you’ll make the time. Second, ask your friends for book suggestions. If all else fails, get a sitter for your kids and head to the library. You’ll find tons of books to sift through…and lots of quiet!

4. Have a cup of tea or coffee. {Julie’s suggestion} Julie also offered the simple suggestion of a cup of tea or coffee. I absolutely adore this thought…mostly because I’m a coffee fanatic. I thought it fitting to reiterate her words, “…do something for you.”

5. Sit on the front porch swing. {BONUS suggestion} I have fond memories of my grandparents sitting on their front porch. Friends gathered ’round. My Maw-Maw offering steaming coffee in white coffee cups on her serving tray. Sugar? Cream? Then they’d swing and chat. About everything. About nothing. Not only do we need quiet moments for God-connecting, but we need moments of community-connecting, too.

How do you quiet the noise?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for these, Hope. It is so necessary to quiet the noise in the culture we live in. I’ve heard that going to a quiet room and taking deep breaths will help relax you, too. Love all these tips. Now we have a list to go to when we need to remember some suggestions! :)

  2. Great post. Thank you for including me. I love your front porch memory. Beautiful. I will check out the other sites you shared a little later.

  3. Thanks for putting these great suggestions together – it is so good to be reminded of ways to get some quiet! I think we can get so task oriented that it seems like a waste of time to stop for a while, whereas it can actually be really helpful.

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