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Take Breaks That Don't Use The Same Skills As Your Work For Better Relaxation

When your work day is finished, you log out of your computer, drive home and relax. If you then fire up another computer and sit in front of it playing games, it might not be as relaxing as it could be.


Everything I Learned Inside A Sensory Deprivation Tank

Floating is an increasingly popular form of sensory deprivation therapy that involves lying in a pitch black tank of salted water. This may sound like your worst nightmare, but since the invention of Sensory Deprivation Tanks in 1954 they have been praised for their health benefits, particularly in regards to relaxation and stress relief. Here’s what I learned after spending 90 minutes on the inside.


Ambient Noise Showdown: Noisli Vs. White Noise Vs. Rain Rain

Ambient noise apps drown out distractions so you can focus on your work, or generate serene, peaceful environments that encourage you to fall asleep. But with dozens you can download, it’s hard to know which is the best. Noisli, White Noise and Rain Rain are all at the top of this game, so it’s time to crank them up to 11 and see which one creates so much atmosphere you could practically breathe in it.


Breathe For iPhone Walks You Through Breathing And Relaxation Exercises

iOS: Anyone struggling with stress understands that even a little time to relax can help a lot, and Breathe for iPhone is an app that walks you through simple breathing exercises to help you relax, de-stress and find a little peace.


Give Yourself Breakpoints To Handle The Stress That You Know Is Coming

Why are footpaths laid in sections, rather than one long strip of concrete? Simple: It’s so that when the ground inevitably shifts, the stone breaks in a controlled way, rather than ruining the job. You can use that same principle in your own life when stress comes your way.


Warp Speed Noise Generator Soothes You To The Sounds Of The Enterprise

Were you disappointed yesterday when it turned out that ThinkGeek’s Star Trek White Noise generator wasn’t real? Well good news, this web app is. You can even customise your sounds however you want.


The Surprising Health Benefits Of Hot Springs And Mineral Baths

In Japan, soaking in natural hot springs is a treasured pastime that’s steeped in thousands of years of tradition, and during my stay there, I visited a few. The experience opened my eyes (and pores) to a world of good-feeling benefits, many of which (but not all) are backed by actual scientific research.


How To Give Yourself A Spa-Like Bath At Home

You don’t have to go to an expensive spa to relax and achieve momentary bliss. You can have the same luxurious bath experience in your own home, and on your own terms, without spending a fortune or going somewhere public to get it.


Forest Keeps Your Phone From Being Distracted By Growing A Virtual Garden

Android/iOS: Your phone is distracting. If you have a hard time resisting the impulse to check notifications, Forest helps balance out that impulse with a gamified virtual garden.


How To Get Some Rest When Stress Is Keeping You Up At Night

It’s the middle of the night and you know you should be sleeping, but you can’t. Something is keeping you up: Maybe a coworker tried to throw you under the bus, or your friend said something rude. Whatever it is, you can’t get it out of your head, and you need to sleep for work tomorrow. It sucks.


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