Health & Wellness

7 websites to help you de-stress

by Jamie Brackpool

We get it – school can be stressful; work can be stressful; life can be stressful.

The many demands of a busy, fast-paced student life can bog down even the best of us. Nobody is immune to stress, so it’s really important to find accessible and affordable ways to help de-stress yourself.

Thanks to the Internet there are many ways to escape the stress of everyday life on your phone or laptop. We found the top 7 websites/apps to help you de-stress:

Calm

Have you ever spent hours online, avoiding responsibilities and stressing out? Even if you’re just sitting on your computer and wasting time, it’s easy to get stressed – especially when you’re avoiding studying. Calm is a website that allows you to take a few minutes and meditate. Choose between 29 different settings such as Foggy Stream, Mountain Lake, Sunset Beach, and Summer Meadow. It’s a great way to take a little break from reality.

Screenshot from Calm

Labuat

Labuat is more interactive than some of the other sites on this list, and it happens to be my personal favourite. Labuat engages you in meditation. You get to paint a picture to the classical music playing in the background. It immerses you in both a visual and an audio experience. I suggest wearing headphones while on this site to get the full effect.

black ribbon flowing in grey lit background computer screen

Do Nothing For 2 Minutes

If you’re a student, chances are you spend a lot of time on your computer. During this time we are furiously writing papers, doing assignments, checking social media, and logging onto Blackboard and CourseLink. Sometimes we need to take a break. This website counts down from 2 minutes, and if you touch your keyboard or mouse it will reset to two minutes again. It is a great way to remove yourself from technology.

Screenshot from Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

Make Everything OK Button

Life as a student is never easy. We have to juggle a lot of responsibilities and that can become overwhelming. Occasionally you might question how you will make it through with all the test, assignments,  and obligations on your plate, and you need someone to tell you it’s going to be okay. The “Make Everything OK Button” will do just that. As simple as it is, it’s refreshing to see all of your problems hypothetically disappear.

Screenshot of the Make Everything OK button

Silk

This is another interactive site. There is no music required for this art project, just click and drag your mouse to create some awesome designs. The clean and sleek layout will rid your mind of problems and clear your head. You have complete control over what you want to make. There is no time limit and there are no restrictions. Check out the lion I drew below.

Screenshot of a picture drawn on Silk. It's a lion's face

Headspace

Perhaps you prefer to relax on your phone and not your laptop. Headspace is an app available for both Android and iOS and aims to train your mind. Imagine going to the gym but working out your mind instead of your body. The app trains your brain, resulting in a happier and more satisfying life. If you don’t want to use this app on your phone, don’t worry, you can use it in your laptop too.

Illustration of an infographic about meditation and what others are sayiing about the app

Soundrown

Sometimes you don’t have time to relax and stare at a screen; you need to keep working. Well, luckily there are sites out there where you can be productive and relax at the same time. Soundrown allows you to customize your own background sounds to help you concentrate. Instead of getting distracted by music or silence, Soundrown creates authentic sounds to help you concentrate.

Soundrown website with five icon button options and rainy window background

Hopefully, these sites help you relax during this semester. Still feeling the pressure? Student Lifeline is here to help.

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