Mantras for Enduring Loud Inane Noise
May 14, 2014 8:51 AM Subscribe
I am about to move from a very quiet corner of my large shared apartment, to a very loud, high traffic area where I will be unable to escape from television noise and very loud people. What are some phrases or slogans which I can repeat to myself regularly, so that I can be as calm and non-judgmental and non-rage-y as possible?
posted by thegreatfleecircus to Human Relations (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I will be leaving the very peaceful back of my apartment, to move to the social center of the apartment. There will be television (and its incessant, dystopic commercials) blaring inches from my plywood wall, and people chatting in perpetual 'uptalking' cadences. These two things are particularly crazy-making for me, and make me irrationally insane with frustration and rage. But in exchange, I will have access to sunlight and air, rather than mold and dark. I am desperate to make it work.
I am specifically looking for little phrases that I can repeat to myself over and over. The most important thing for me is not to eat myself alive with anxiety and pointless frothing anger and frustration over this.
So maybe phrases that pull up feelings of 'It's nice that others are enjoying themselves rather hiding quietly in their rooms. The world would be much more boring if everyone did that,' 'Capitalism can't last forever and someday these toxic non-stop commercials will not be a thing anymore,' 'There are societal reasons behind people 'uptalking' and there is no reason to be creeped out by it. It's just an unpleasant thing, but no need to let it make you insane,' and maybe some "Let it go," "Detach," "Focus on yourself and what you are or aren't doing in this moment" kinds-of-things. But any ideas for phrases are very welcome. I just need to combat or alter my reactionary energy, and replace my instinctive thoughts with different thoughts. Many, many thanks for any ideas.
Also, I have a white noise machine, and I will probably buy another one. But it will never be quiet in there.