Shut Up!

06 Aug 2014

Maintaining sanity in a noisy world is more and more challenging. Everybody wants a piece of us, from advertisers to kids to needy friends.

It’s ok to have boundaries. In fact, healthy people have lots of healthy boundaries.

We are the most over-stimulated people in history. We think we have to be available to everybody all the time.


If you struggle with too much noise in your life, try giving yourself permission to say later or NO! (If you won’t give yourself permission, allow me!)

  • It’s ok to turn off your cell phone and other devices. or wait till later to respond. People die in traffic because they think a text can’t wait.
  • Make wise decisions with your time and resources. While it’s good to be generous with others, their needs do not necessarily set your priorities.
  • Look for ways to quiet your mind. Maybe leaving the TV off (especially early morning and late at night) will give you much needed time alone with your thoughts.
  • Take time each day to be still and think about your priorities.
  • Try relaxing techniques like prayer, meditation or yoga.
  • Take time for yourself. You only give life to others when there is life inside of you.


Photo by Russian photographer, Maria Beliakova, of Jet Media. Retrieved from


  1. This is part of the reason I haven’t gone to a smart phone – I tend to be a bit obsessive about checking my email when I’m at home and I don’t want to feel like I have to check it every time a smartphone pings with an email when I’m out and about. I figure if it’s urgent, they wouldn’t have sent an email, they would have called. But I have to fight the urge to write back RIGHT AWAY! Also obsessive about checking Facebook…sigh…I can control TV and I don’t have that many people wanting my time so those aren’t a problem for me.

    1. You have more power than you think. You can say no. You can say later. You can also program your devices to only push the notifications you want, when you want. For example, I keep my phone on Do Not Disturb between 11pm and 9am. I also don’t push emails on my phone; I can get them if I want them there, but I don’t want a notification every time one comes in. You likely have more self-discipline than you think you have. It’s ok to have boundaries.

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