The new found advantage of silence

I always use to want back ground noise – whether it be music, television, radio – I always had something on in the background. But recently I’ve found my brain prefers silence. It doesn’t have to compete with background noise and it can function better.
We all learn to adapt to new situations. My friend has tinnitus so a world of silence would be her idea of hell as this exacerbates her problem. What’s important to understand is that it’s not a negative for any of us to have to adapt to new ways.

For me, to no longer be able to do 10 things at once mustn’t be seen as a weakness, it’s simply an adaptation which has to be accepted in order to function better. What does it matter that I can’t listen and write at the same time. What does it matter that I can’t answer the phone and continue to do something else. What does it matter if I can’t talk and follow a programme on the telly. None of these things matter any more. I now love to sit in silence and write. I now love to sit in silence and read. I now love to talk or simply listen with no added distraction in the background.
I now love to just sit or walk – in silence. It’s amazing what you hear when your brain isn’t confused with other things.

Peaceful walk in the park
Peaceful walk in the park
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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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