Soothing Nature Sounds

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Stress in this country is at the level of an epidemic. We are working hard so that we can work harder. The pressures of professional life and social life wind some people up so tightly that they have a heart attack, a stroke or other health problems. This should never happen. There are some simple ways to decrease stress in our lives without losing the competitive edge we Americans revere.

Soothing the Stress Out of Our Lives

Nature is probably the single most soothing thing in the world. Fresh air is known to be revitalizing and a cool swim can relax even the tensest person. However, the calming effects of nature are not always readily available to us. Though we might like to walk out of our jobs and dive into a lake, that is certainly not a practical option. The sounds of nature, however, can be equally soothing and far more accessible.

Nature sound machines digitally play recordings of sounds from nature such as the rolling waves of the ocean, the song of crickets chirping, a gentle rain shower and many others. These machines are compact, portable and easily fit on a desk. Their volume can be adjusted so as not to disturb co-workers, and they are great background noise to boost concentration.

Taking a few minutes out of the day to relax and recharge has been shown to have positive effects on mood and health. Moreover, getting a good night's sleep can also positively affect stress. Relaxing to the soothing sounds of nature is great way to settle your body down after a long hard day.

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