From the distant hum of traffic, the low roar of an aeroplane to the ring of your morning alarm clock, modern life is hard to avoid.
No surprise that many of us long for peace and quiet at the end of a busy week.
Quiet is to be cherished, as silence has been found to boost creativity and concentration, lower blood pressure and aid sleep; quiet time in nature has been found to be particularly beneficial to wellbeing.
Next time you walk in the countryside, fall silent and stop what you’re doing. Tune in to the sounds of wildlife; listen for things you may have missed had you been deep in conversation.