Sometimes life gets really overwhelming. Listed below are some of my favorite websites that allow me to take a deep breath, relax, and calm down. Some of these websites are meditative while others are silly, cute fun. In any case, I hope you can find at least one new resource for peace of mind when you feel stressed.
I love this website (you can download the app on your phone as well!) Calm allows you to pick a relaxing sound from 25 options. You can also be led through a guided meditation for 2, 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes. This is the perfect website to clear your mind and unplug for a few minutes. The calming sounds can also be used as background study music.
Music really helps calm me down, so naturally, I also love Google Play Music, previously Songza. Google Play Music creates custom playlists that are perfectly curated for your every mood. You can listen to Pop Breakup Ballads or Fun Throwbacks. You can pick a playlist based on your mood or current activity. You could be Coding, Working Out, Falling in Love, Pregaming, or Working/Study (Instrumental Music), and Google Play Music has an excellent playlist waiting just for you.
If you have 10 seconds, Calming Manatee can give you a quick pick-me-up. You summon a manatee that says something nice to you like "Your friends love you," or "Hey, you got this!" Super precious.
Happsters is one of my favorite Instagram pages. Each post has an inspirational quote to help you get through the day. Some of my recent favorites include "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously" (Sophia Bush) and "If you aren't obsessed with your life, change it." Love it.
The Fluffington Post has very cute animal photos with a focus on cats and dogs. These pictures are guaranteed to make you smile. Presidential mouses and Snapchat Cat? YES PLEASE.
This is an online game (also available as an app) where you help a giraffe kiss other giraffes by using your mouse to make the giraffe's head longer or shorter. I love the little giraffe love hearts that pop up when they kiss. Smush smush.
This might just be a me thing, but I love seeing organized, color coded things. I love photos of perfectly organized closets with an amazing shoe collection on one side of the closet and then a stunning purse collection in display cases. I also love the more practical organizational hacks that pop up when I am viewing this Pinterest search. It gives me momentary respite.
This is another sickly-sweet animal website. The baby tigers are so delicious, and the babies with pugs make me weep.
This Instagram page is pretty new, but there are few things I love more than Drake and cake, so naturally, this page is super appealing to me. I feel instantly happier looking at a cake that says "very important very pretentious." It gives me my daily dose of sass.
Disclaimer: the popup that asks for your name scared me the first time! You can choose to give the website a fake name, but they only use your name so that when your compliments pop up, they can personalize them. For example, "Kate you are fabulous" or "K-Money you are fabulous." Your choice.