If you’re like most geeks, it’s difficult for you to shut your brain down, relax and just – sleep. Many of us cannot pass out without some type of noise to help our brains tune out completely. Dylan’s video this week features an excellent website that will put an end to your sleep deprivation.
SimplyNoise is a website full of sounds that will put you to sleep – literally. You can choose from several different types of noise and adjust the speed and volume at which they play.
You’ll also find several downloads available, including “soundscapes” – such as a thunderstorm. Set your timer to have it shut itself off when you know you’ll already be in dreamland, and even have it take you to your zen place.
There are iPhone and Android apps available, as well… so you can enjoy your white, pink or brown noise wherever you may be.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen my Yoga video, right? I’ve come to realize in recent months that my level of productivity had decreased. I simply no longer had the energy to keep up with all I had to do. I know my stress levels were through the roof. What I didn’t realize is that having a healthy mind is also tied to having a healthy body… and vice versa. By getting out and participating in more physical activities, I’m also learning to relax my mind, and de-stress myself. It’s working, too… I have renewed energy and enthusiasm!
How do you relax? What’s your little secrets and tricks that you use in order to try to keep some semblance of order and peace in your mind? One thing I have always done, as you know, is to read up on what is going on in our community. I learn things, I laugh at things, and I even at times empathize with things.
One of the cool things my friend Imei does is to teach Yoga. She often works with people in corporate environments, to help them learn how to be more productive due to learning how to relax. Isn’t that an interesting concept for a Geek? That whole relaxing thing kind of worried me a bit at first. I have to admit, I feel more comfortable in my own body now. I feel as though I’m getting more oxygen… and that little spot between my shoulder blades no longer hurts due to having bad posture.
By simply learning to breathe better, and relax each muscle of my body, I now truly feel like a million bucks. I know I slouch in my office chair. Don’t lie – I know you do, too! Most of us have bad posture. Since we spend so many hours a day hunched over our computers, it’s no wonder that we’re always in pain, and rubbing kinks out of our necks!
If I were you, I’d take a yoga class or two. It will only help you, and no… it does not make you look unmanly! I feel better. I’m breathing better. I AM better.
Being able to recharge your soul – and your mind – is something that we take for granted. We tend to ignore doing this, even though we need it often. We don’t want to take time out to recharge, to relax and unwind. We’re busy, you know. We have deadlines. We have places to go, people to network with. There are emails to check, and social networks to keep up with. Who has time to recharge?
I am lucky to be spending the next few days in beautiful Hawaii with several friends. While this is a business trip, I know that I will also find plenty of time to relax and recharge my mind and soul. Just sitting in my hotel room, looking out at the amazing scenery will likely do the trick. I don’t see things like that out the windows of my office!!
Not taking time out each day to just breathe can affect your health, both emotionally and physically. Even if you only give yourself a half hour of “you” time every day, make sure you take it!
What do you do to recharge yourself? One thing I do is to read.
White noise is relaxing, isn’t it? If you’ve never listened to it, you might want to start. Some people prefer to have a television or radio on when they try to sleep. The problem with that is you end up focusing your attention on it, instead of letting your mind drift and relaxing. We have friends who insist on having a white noise machine in their bedroom. My assistant, Kat is so addicted to sleeping with a fan noise, she takes a small travel fan with her on the road.
If you don’t want to spend money on a white noise machine, there are several options. Do you have an old television set? Plug it in and turn it to a channel that doesn’t come in. There are CDs and MP3s full of nothing but white noise sounds. Or, you can use your browser and head over to SimplyNoise.
SimplyNoise is a website that is exactly that… simply noise. Slide the little lever back and forth to create your desired level of noise, and that’s all there is to it. What would you use white noise for?
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Don’t be surprised if you tune into my stream and hear this noise in the background. I always need to relax!