Privately owned quiet rooms in cities where people can de-stress when they are overwhelmed
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Contrived _voiceFeb 03, 2022
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Privately owned rooms with zero environmental stressors where people can break away from the outside world to collect themselves. The room is designed for minimal sensory input. Zero noise, no smells, low-intensity artificial lights or skylights for dimmed natural sunlight. Pets may also be optional
Studies on the relationship between noise and interpersonal relations indicated that the level of noise was not the main aggressor but rather it was noise sensitivity brought upon by personal stress that caused mental agitation when in the presence of loud noises. The perceived noise increased the level of perceived stress in a sort of loop that echoes upon itself. .The environmental noise aggressors in this case include but are not limited to traffic noise,background murmurs, aeroplanes, air movement through gaps, the clacking of keyboards and music.
The increased noise sensitivity makes it harder to get sleep, which affects your ability to deal with the initial cause of stress, which gives you more stress and amplifies your noise sensitivity further. At this stage your interactions with others become compromised, You exist in a state where your mind is always foggy, your ability to communicate decays and so does your ability to take in input. Affecting your work and putting you in an eternally foul mood. This may carry on into your relationships and affect your social life.
Further studies also indicated a correlation between noise exposure and higher readings of blood pressure. This was done on the basis of occupational noise exposure. Generally working in noisy environments keeps your body in a constant state of stress.
A perfect example of this in practice is how you become aware of small sounds in your environment after watching a scary movie. The scare causes you to become more aware of noises in your surrounding which ends up scaring you more.
I believe the key is breaking the loop. whenever you become stressed, going somewhere quiet could give you the headspace to work through what is causing you to become stressed without any external input. It would be easier if you could get the quiet without having to leave the town or take a trip to some place less hectic and I think this would provide that.
It would also reduce any drug or alcohol dependency for escape since you can just get the escape without having to chemically alter your mind.
How it works
An individual makes a soundproof room with the above specifications. People then pay a sort of subscription fee to come and spend time there whenever they feel the need to. The room could also allow you to bring items that bring you comfort, say fluffy pillows or something similar
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