It is no surprise that life is full of stressors. We go to work, fight traffic, deal with difficult people, and face all kinds of little hassles. We also all have something much deeper that causes us stress. Maybe you have a big deadline you’re up against for work or school. Maybe one of your personal relationships is struggling or you are facing a financial hardship. Stress can weigh heavily on your mind and cause you to lose focus in your daily life.
If you aren’t able to get away from your computer for a nice walk or yoga class, know that there are many websites that can offer you some solace, relaxation, and peace of mind. Browse through these websites, and see if you’re still stressed in a half hour.
Calm is a website and app that lets you select from guided or unguided meditation sessions. The website is meant to fit your busy schedule and lets you choose a session that lasts 2,5,10,15, or 20 minutes. So, whether you have a 30-minute lunch break or a 2-minute stretch break, you can still find a moment of calm in your day.
If you’re like me, you love the rain. If you’re not like me, you still might love the sound of the rain. Rainy Mood fills your computer screen with the sights and sounds of a perfect rainy day. It’s so convincing that you just might grab a good book and “forget” to head into work.
Get Relaxed features a revolving screen of incredibly relaxing images (warm sandy beach, anyone?) with a soothing play list to slowly melt away your stress and allow you to leave the daily grind behind for a while.
This is one of the best relaxation websites out there, because it lets you customize the experience. Do you feel like listening to a snowstorm with wolves and a crackling fire? Easy. What about chirping birds and leaves blowing in the wind? Simple. You can incorporate up to four different sounds and increase of decrease the volume and intensity of each.
Soundrown lets users choose from ten different sounds and create their own relaxing combination. If you want a little background noise to work, you can listen to coffee shop or playground. If you want to wind down at the end of the day, try rain, fire, or white noise.
Everyone knows that baby animals are the solution to all of life’s stresses. But in the event that your boss won’t let you leave your office to visit the local shelter (rude!) you can get your daily dose of adorable at Cute Overload. See user submissions, monthly newsletters, and more. After five minutes, you’ll forget why you ever felt stressed.
Headspace describes itself as a gym for your mind. You can access a free ten-day program to learn how to meditate. If you enjoy the lessons, you can subscribe to the site and gain access to lessons on focus, mindfulness, relationships, and relaxation. You can also access guided meditations from two minutes to an hour.
Sometimes, you just need a picture of a manatee offering inspirational words of wisdom. Get your daily fix here.
Type everything that is worrying you into the Thoughts Room, and watch as your words drift off into the nothingness of outer space. There’s something extremely reassuring about the thing that is causing you the most grief just disappearing before your eyes.
How glorious it sounds to do nothing, nothing at all, for two minutes. Just type in the URL and the timer will automatically start. If you touch your mouse or keypad, the timer will restart. It’s surprisingly difficult to just sit there, but if you can manage it, it’s quite rewarding.
Now roll your shoulders a few times, sip some hot tea, and reap the rewards of your new sense of calm. Return to these websites any time you need to relax or gain some clarity. When you take time every day to relax and meditate, you will find that you are more productive at work and more mindful in all areas of your life.