Noise makes you ill: Stress for body and psyche

The construction site directly opposite one's own home, where work is also carried out at weekends; the colleague on the phone with her customers in the open-plan office, loud and resounding; the noise of traffic and honking cars: noise is a topic we are confronted with in many different areas of life.

But as much as the perception of volume and noise is often presented as subjective, one thing can be said with certainty: Hardly any other disturbance factor causes as much stress in the body as noise pollution.


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It is not only the number of decibels that is decisive, but also the frequency of occurrence of the noise exposure and the personal resilience. The noise from road traffic tends to affect us more in terms of physical substance than, for example, the cheerful cries of our own children when playing.

So what can we do to reduce our own noise stress factor?

Reduction of stress caused by noise

The first step is to take stock of the situation. Especially in everyday life we often do not notice the subliminal noise directly, but we are surprised about the effects it has on us at the end of the day. And it is precisely these effects that should not be underestimated. Noise-stress symptoms range from indisposition and inner restlessness to cardiovascular disease, which can be triggered by the increased release of stress hormones and the associated increase in heart rate.

This is reason enough to deal with the noise stress factors in your own life as quickly as possible. In order to be able to realistically assess where you are confronted with noise in your everyday life, it is advisable to listen more closely for a few days and to take a look at all to document soundscapes.

The children's TV in the background at breakfast, the hum of the subway on the way to work, the buzz of the lamp above your desk. In short and simple terms: Simply everything that you otherwise do not consciously perceive as noise, you should note down in this test phase. Maybe even with a small note about how stressed you feel in the respective situations. It also makes sense if one of your "test days" falls on your weekend in the best case. Because especially in our free time we often expose ourselves to increased stress due to noise.

Noise in the office

After this initial assessment, you should work to improve your situation. Especially at work, noise causes stress, which of course endangers your health. But above all Poison for the ability to concentrate and productivity is. Especially here, it is important to talk to the employer or colleagues to see whether measures can be taken to reduce the noise.

Sensible small measures among colleagues can for example be self-obligating Rest areas or arrangements regarding telephone calls and meetings in the open-plan office. If colleagues are uncooperative, there are still things you can do for yourself. An example would be "Noise breaks" so that you consciously retreat for some time to work in a quieter place. Alternatively, there is the idea of using noise-reducing Headphones to work. However, one should ensure that the employer tolerates this measure.

Noise during leisure time

There is also a lot of potential in leisure time to make the days quieter. For example, you can spend a day with your children or half an hour "Rest period", in which, for example, quietly played, drawn or tinkered with. It is important to set an example yourself.

Otherwise, it is also very helpful to get up an hour earlier in the morning and enjoy the peace and quiet in Meditation before the day's hustle and bustle starts. This way you are perfectly prepared and your nerves are relaxed for everything the day may bring.