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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.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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