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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.

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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