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10 Relaxing Games to Play Online to Help Chill You Out

10 Relaxing Games to Play Online to Help Chill You Out

Extraordinary displays of violence have been a mainstay in the video games industry for two decades now. This is proving hugely successful for games developers, and popular with players, but this form of violent escapism isn’t exactly classed as “relaxing”. Many of you out there might be after a more sedate experience, and the truth is that gaming can be a serene pastime.

The following selection of online games will help you find some inner peace; they will relax and calm, and promote stimulation for tired minds. They are all minor masterpieces of chilled-out enjoyment which can help calm you after a busy day, or hectic morning, by ridding you from the stress of modern life. It’s blissful escapism at its best, and it’s entirely free!

1. Flow

    First up is the eerie, calming experience of Flow.

    Starting out as a tiny organism –  basically a mouth and a torso – you have to swim around in blue gloop consuming other tiny organisms.

    At times you’ll find that eating something has changed your creature. Whether it’s a metamorphosis or accelerated evolution is irrelevant; after ten minutes your body will be longer, and you might have sprouted legs and other appendages and you’ll be chasing larger quarry.

    It’s not all forward motion; some of your soupmates will nibble bits off you too, but with some rudimentary diversionary tactics you can save your bacon.

    It’s lovely to play, and the music and simplistic design makes it an immediate and striking experience.

    2. Home Sheep Home

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      This sweet little puzzler is found on the Shaun the Sheep website (for those not in the know, it’s an animated series created by Aardman Animations, the people behind Wallace and Gromit).

      The wonderful physics engine makes this game a dream to learn as everything feels very natural; you’re supplied with three fully controllable sheep of different sizes.

      You have to work out how to get Timmy (tiny), Shaun (medium size), and Shirley (heavily overwight) over to the barn on the right of the screen using the swings, see-saws, ramps, steps, switches, and other paraphernalia lying around.

      You’ll be hooked to Home Sheep Home in no time by the adorable characters and laid back style of play, but later levels also offer quite the challenge.

      3. Flower Reaction

        Fauna-based fun abounds in Flower Reaction, where each level begins with a number of little flowers floating around the screen, bouncing off the edges.

        Your cursor is another flower and when you click, it stops and blooms to about ten times its size for a few seconds. Any flowers that bump into it also do the same, and any flowers that touch them do the same.

        The aim is to time the first one so that you get the largest chain reaction, hence the name. Several specially-coloured flowers do tricks such as lingering longer or growing massively for a second. And that’s it.

        4. Casanova

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          You’re a giraffe – at least in Casanova  – trotting eastwards as a procession of other giraffes trots westwards. Each one has a neck of a different length, and all you have to do is click and hold the mouse button to extend yours so your heads meet for a kiss!

          The whole point of the game is to land a smacker on the lips of the other giraffes, collecting floating bonuses along the way, whilst the 70s sitcom theme tune play jauntily in the background. It’s so adorably cute it should be illegal.

          5. Little Wheel

            Point and click games come in all varieties, but the particularly tricky and illogical ones would have no place in a relaxing game list.

            What makes Little Wheel stand out is the sheer beauty and atmosphere the game’s makers One Click Dog have created here. The graphics are striking enough to win awards, but the addition of a slinky jazz soundtrack sets the scene a 1920s Chicago, neo-noir theme.

            As for the objective, you have to work out how to get your robot across town to return power to the vicinity, although mentioning any more would spoil the experience.

            6. Sleeping Tiger Jigsaw

              Jigsaws are, of course, world famous for their addictive nature. Sleeping Tiger Jigsaw is no different. This game is pretty much what Charles Babbage had in mind when he invented the programmable computer – a way of doing jigsaws when you haven’t got a table.

              It’s likely you all know how to do jigsaws so there’s no need to explain what’s going on here, so if you have an hour to spare and like a challenge, mesmerise yourself with this jigsaw puzzle.

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              The pieces snap together satisfyingly when you place them next to a rightful neighbour, wherever they are on the screen. Nothing new, just a well executed version of an age-old pastime; get yourself a tea and listen to your favourite music as you play.

              7. Drifting Afternoon

                Here’s another Ferry Halim classic: Drifting Afternoon. As with all this maestro’s work, it’s a joy to behold, looking more like a watercolour painting than a game.

                The action takes place on a palpably breezy day, and you have to aim with your mouse and jump your puppy (or it could be a kitten) from balloon to balloon as they drift by, before your time runs out.

                You get points for landing on balloons and bonus points for jumping over them, and every so often a special balloon tops up your time – if you can land on it. No guns, no violence, just a breezy experience.

                8. Bejeweled

                  Even though this timeless classic is over a decade old, Bejeweled gets a mention as there must still be people who haven’t played it.

                  Its key to success is its simplicity. All you have to do is swap the positions of pairs of jewels to make unbroken sequences of three, four or five identical jewels – they’ll disappear, spawning replacements as those above them drop into their spaces.

                  Higher numbers get bigger bonuses and other surprises. It’s addictive stuff, and is fairly reminiscent of the legendary Tetris.

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                  9. Fireboy and Watergirl

                    This puzzle game can be tricky, but it delivers on satisfaction when you do it right. The missions you face are fairly straight forward to grasp; guide Fireboy (who hates water) and Watergirl (who hates fire) around the onscreen challenges until you reach the conclusion.

                    Expect lots of switch operating, box-pushing, see-saw running, and light-beam guiding, but also expect Fireboy and Watergirl to wow you with its laid back charms.

                    10. Echogenesis

                      Put your headphones on and immerse yourself in the wonders of Echogenesis. The visuals come from nature; swamps, forests, coves, and the like, whilst the sounds are created by interacting with the various life forms come across.

                      It’s an immersive experience, from the beautiful graphics to the luscious stereophonic orchestration.

                      You can’t win or lose; you just experience and influence the worlds you see, making it a relaxing tale of exploration.

                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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                      Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                      Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                      I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                      This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                      What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                      As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                      While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                      The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                      Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                      Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                      The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                      It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                      My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                      You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                      Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                      1. Drink Plenty of Water

                      Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                      2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                      The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                      3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                      One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                      4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                      The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                      To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                      5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                      While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                      Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                      You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                      How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                      Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                      This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                      Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                      Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                      The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                      Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                      Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                      One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                      This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                      Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                      Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                      Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                      Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                      How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                      The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                      While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                      Can I Work out While Fasting?

                      Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                      The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                      Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                      Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                      First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                      Is Fasting Safe?

                      As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                      I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                      Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                      As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                      I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                      For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                      Conclusion

                      Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                      If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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