How Can You Stop Hearing Voices Naturally?
Experiment to see what works for you and works to eliminate the particular voice. No one solution will work perfectly for everyone. Everyone is different. Every situation is different.
Structure Your Day
This is the first line of defense against hearing voices. If you can keep busy, the voices may be crowded out in your mind. Going for a walk while you listen to music you enjoy can help. Doing a home improvement project or creating art can occupy your minds. Dusting, cleaning, sweeping can help. The goal is to replace positive activity with the voices. Experiment to find out what works for you.
Ignore What They Tell You
If they’re not being useful, ignore them just as you might ignore any other nuisance. Tell them, “I’m too busy to talk now.”
Engage the Voices
Alternately, engage the voices. If they’re being nasty, tell them they have no right to talk to you like that. Tell them something like, “You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” Put the voices in their place. Be assertive. Don’t do this in public, however, because that would create a scene.
Prayer can be very effective in crowding out voices. If you’ve tried prayer and it feels unnatural and you’re not sure you’re doing it right, ask the advice of someone whom you feel respect for, someone who seems wise to you. It doesn’t have to be a minister, though a minister may have more complete, well-thought-out answers for you. Talking about prayer with someone else may feel awkward. It may feel superstitious. On the other hand, consider how lots of people have been praying for thousands of years. On the basis of that alone, there must be something to it, right? Many people who are affiliated with an organized faith — or even spiritual not religious — would be pleased to give you there perspective once they understand you’re sincere. You don’t have to tell them about the voices either.
If a voice is whispering in one ear, put an earplug in it.
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
These substances make it hard to maintain control and can lead to an exacerbation of the voices. You want to strictly avoid drugs and alcohol. If you start taking medication to help manage the voices, alcohol and other drugs can interfere with them.
How Can You Help Someone Else Who’s Hearing Voices?
The most important thing is to engage in non-judgemental conversation. Encourage them to avoid drugs and alcohol. Ask them if they’re suicidal. If they are, that’s a medical emergency and they need to go to an emergency department that can provide them with around-the-clock medical care.
If they’re not suicidal, ask them what the voices are saying.
For many people, it can be very therapeutic to engage in non-judgemental conversation.
Taken together, these strategies can be very effective in helping you or someone else manage. If you try them and you don’t seem to be making any headway against the voices, strongly consider seeking direct medical help. Share what you’ve done to try to control them. There are medications that can help, though they aren’t without side effects.