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Stuck At A Computer All Day? 9 Relaxation Websites That Will Soothe Your Soul

Stuck At A Computer All Day? 9 Relaxation Websites That Will Soothe Your Soul

Despite having the world at our fingertips via the internet and social media, sitting at a desk can still be boring. Writing daily expense reports or doing research quickly makes your eyelids heavy. Then again, maybe you’re the opposite of bored. Maybe you’re endlessly scrolling through walls of text and raising your tension levels. Either way, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer all day can be draining. To counter that, it’s easy to try and distract ourselves using the web.

However, if you look even harder, you can find helpful distractions to use at your disposal, too. So instead of drumming a hole in your desk, why not try browsing the following websites for useful tools to help you find a little relaxation?

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1. Calming Manatee

Cats aren’t the only friendly animals online responsible for stress-relief. This site offers a double dose of relaxation and mood lifting. It features various images of manatees paired with cute and cheerful sayings. This is a pretty simple site but can also make for a great pick-me-up in the middle of a long, hard day.

2. Playster

Perhaps background noise isn’t what you need to de-stress. If that’s the case, Playster offers a few options on how to clear your mind. Offering books in both text and audio form and movies and games, ranging from retro to educational, Playster engages your brain in a different way. An added feature to this site is that you can create a unique login (or use an existing social account) so you can have your games or playlists saved and ready to go on-the-go.

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3. Get Relaxed

This option requires no effort from you whatsoever. The primary focus is a slideshow filled with gorgeous and soothing backdrops that you can add various soundscapes to. And don’t fret about choosing the photos, there’s an auto-setting that causes them to change automatically. You’ll feel like you’re reconnecting with nature.

4. Weave Silk

If being still isn’t your idea of relaxing, you can try another creative outlet. Art is one of the most common methods of getting rid of stress and anxiety. Weave Silk operates on a black background and is something like digital watercolor painting. The longer you use your cursor paintbrush, the more detailed your image becomes. This site also offers an extra perk in that your designs are mirrored and create organic randomized patterns.

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5. Calm

Calm is an obvious choice in any search for a website meant to soothe. You choose from three different time options (two, ten, or twenty minutes), depending on how long and how far you need to take your break. It operates on the idea of guided meditation, using a variety of ambient backgrounds (bodies of water like the ocean or lakes) and gentle sounds to help calm your nerves.

6. A Soft Murmur

This site lets you drown out the noise in your head with a series of ambient noises. By making your own playlist, you’ll be able to only hear what you want. You can choose up to ten different sounds and play them all at once, or just choose your favorites.

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7. Blah Therapy

Sometimes, you need a little more human interaction in order to get your tension out. This site offers the option to get it all off your chest while remaining anonymous. It also lets you be an outlet. Blah Therapy allows you to either be on the couch listening, or on the other end ranting. You can vent your built-up frustrations to a stranger or offer an ear to someone else.

8. The Quiet Place

Imagine if you weren’t trapped at your desk, where would you go? Save the tropical vacations for your daydreams and use this site for a shorter, but equally effective break. For thirty seconds, all you have to do is breathe and take in the positive messages on your screen. If you don’t have much time between meetings or sending emails, this is a great way to find your center and get a small piece of your time back.

9. Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

As the name suggests, this is literally a chance to stop, take a breath, and get a couple minutes to unwind and recover. While this seems deceptively simple, being still is a hard thing in a time when our hands are always busy with some form of technology. Just sit back, enjoy the sound of crashing waves, and you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you feel.

Featured photo credit: Networking Times via networkingtimes.com

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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