- Mental Health
White Noise-Calming The Inner Emotions With Sound
A Electro-Mechanical White Noise Machine
Waterfalls-Yet Another Source For Captivating The Calming Effects Of Sound Through Noise Produced By Nature
There is not doubt that at least once or twice in the past you had visited an ocean beach-perhaps during one late afternoon or early evening hour on a warm mid-July summers day. And during your visit at that ocean shore you may have also recalled that other louder and distracting sounds had subsided into the oceans surf.
It was just you, the ocean and the shoreline gently licking the sandy surface that you sat upon in solitude. And beyond where you were seated you took further note that the rolling waves coming ashore, broke gently upon the shoreline just beyond your reach. In the distance you may have also caugh sight of a late day swollen sun, as it sank slowly into the oceans surface on the distanct horizon.
As you continued to sit on that ocean beach not taking note of any other sounds, or distractions, but that of the gently rolling waves crashing slowly upon the shore. In turn the throughts and other negative emotions that may have overwhelmed you during the past day or so, had slowly been taken out with the receding waves that were influenced by the oceans currents. Yes your worries and extreme negative emotions that you may had been previously experiencing suddenly vanished.
But how could this be? This may sound like a familiar scenario to some and if you had frequented the ocean over the past year, you may also have witnessed a similar hynotic effect while sitting upon a given ocean shoreline. You had soon begun to realize that through natures own forces by way of the ocean, helped to calm you. Those inner emotions that fuel your very soul for that short period of time, you listened intently to the ocean waves gently caressing the shoreline made you feel more totally relaxed and in tune with yourself then ever before.
No further explanation is really needed for how the combination of those elements...beach, surf and sand made you feel that mid-summers day. This so called therapy which in turn placed you in a state of medition was quite real in fact. And those soothing sounds of ocean waves rolling gently upon the shore, or even the sound of distant gulls and terns in the distance that you may have also witnessed, continued to captivate and soothe your inner emotions. And the good news is that a good thing does not have to end with a prior trip to the beach, to help you overcome prior negative thoughts or troubles that you may have been overwhelmed with.
Modern technology has given us the capabilities of imitating and producing a variety of calming hypnotic sounds of the oceans, waterfalls and even raindrops through what is better termed white noise. If you have heard of white noise, or are even somewhat familiar with the multiple sounds that can be captured by way of white noise, then you may be familiar with what is also referred to as Electro-Mechanical Machines.
White noise boxes or machines which they are commonly called by some, are also known to others as EMM machines, as previously mentioned. They are one in the same and the affect that they produce on the mind is equal in all respects. So as you can see you don't necessarily have to get in your car and drive down to the ocean to experience therapy through sound, that you received from listening to ocean waves crashing gently upon the shoreline, or even drive to a secluded area to listen to a babbling brook, as waters slowly give way to a thick green forest.
The beauty of white noise is that it is literally available to any and all indivduals who want to benefit through the therapeutic effects that it can give a person. All you have to do is pay a fee of between $25.00 to approximately $40.00, to own a piece of mother nature and not have to leave the comfort of your own home to reap from its benefits.
White noise boxes, or Electro-Mechanical machines can be easily purchased online at either Amazon or Ebay for example. There are many other home decorative stores and even a few electronic stores who carry the sound machines that white noise produce. These can be purchased in the way of an AM/FM Alarm clock radio, which also occasionally come with a white noise feature built within.
Some popular sounds that are produced through an alarm clock with a white noise feature employed, may be the sounds of a variety of birdlife, trickling raindrops, waterfalls, Oceans and of course the white noise itself which is the sound that a slow steady wind makes. Much like a constant type of whirring noise that a house fan produces.
Again the benefits of white noise and other similar therapeutic sounds are many and they are all worth having especially if you are an individual, or know of someone who suffers from certain forms of depression or is riddled with anxiety constantly-something that the stressors in society have encapsulated in a majority of us today.
It has been shown in various studies that white noise has a hypnotic effect on a three month old baby. White noise not only drowns out the irritating background noise that may prevent an infant from falling asleep soundly, but in turn may also help an infants parents get a good nights rest as well. So the benefit is two fold in that it serves to soothe the entire family-helping them to achieve the appropriate amount of rest each night in order to function fully the following day.
Further supporting evidence does indicate as briefly touched upon in the article, that white noise without a doubt, is effective therapy in combatting anxiety and depression related symptoms in many individuals who suffer from multiple issues that are associated with mental health.
I know a few individuals who require a little noise in the way of a fan, or even some type of electro-mechanical device, to produce enough noise, not only to help them fall asleep-but also to stay asleep during a given eight hour period. Possibly you know someone like this, or are even are an individual who has already benefitted, from the calming effects that white noise has had, in quieting those inner emotions.
If so, you are one who has found another route, or alternative solution in assisting you cope with everyday stress without resorting to the use of prescription medications, or possibly even avoiding paying a good deal of money out of pocket to a professional such as a Psychologist, or Psychiatrist. And if you have visited either one of these health care professionals lately, you may have also noticed that they may even have a noise box or two, in the form of white noise, or soothing oceans in a corner of their office waiting room.
Devices of this type, are often found in these offices and if you were wondering why a psychiatrist, or other mental health care provider has one or more of these devices in his or her office-you are not alone in wondering. In fact these unique sound machines serve two purposes. One is that they serve the same intended purpose that you seek to achieve through the calming effects of hypnotic noise therapy. And that is to help you relax and forget about the trouble that comes with each and every day.
Secondly the noise machines are placed in those offices for one very good reason. And this has to do with HIPPA laws and confidentiality concerns. In other words-so other patients waiting in turn to see the psychologist or psychiatrist you are in session with, does not overhear your business. After all what you discuss with your healthcare professional should go no further then in his or her office.
So that noise box in essence is drowning out all conversation, not intented to be heard by other foreign ears, so to speak. You could say the conversation between you and your doctor dissipates into the surrounding air about you. Almost like being shredded electronically by way of a paper shredding machine.
On the downside of white noise and other electro-mechanical devices is the fact that many annoying sound are always going to be present among us. And that is, there are also many individuals in the audience, maybe you're one of them, or know a person or two who cannot even stand to hear a pin drop. If this sounds like you then maybe the sound produced by way of white noise will not help you attain a good nights rest.
But if you look at it from the viewpoint that it could possibly save you from unnecessary trips to a mental health providers office; where more then likely you will be prescribed a medication for sleep, anxiety, or depression, that in the end will not only but make you feel groggy, but in addition give you other unpleasant side-effects to add.
And not to mention in the long run, will inevitalby cost you much more between the doctors visits and the medications, then a white noise box will cost you out of pocket for example. So it may certainly behoove many, to order one of these therapeutic sound machines, sooner then later and get back in touch with reality, through those soothing sounds that mother nature has given us all to enjoy. And that is by way of the calming effects of white noise.