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Feeling anxious, or distracted? Research shows that listening to natural sounds can improve your mood, and even your productivity.

Whether you want to make nature sounds a part of your day 6 Ways To Make Nature Sounds A Part Of Your Day 6 Ways To Make Nature Sounds A Part Of Your Day Scientific studies have shown that nature sounds can significantly decrease anxiety, stress, and pain. Next time you're bursting from stress, try relaxing to the sounds of nature before automatically popping a pill. Read More or clear your brain with white noise Clear Your Brain With Ambient White Noise [Sound Sunday] Clear Your Brain With Ambient White Noise [Sound Sunday] Let the sound waves wash over you to clear the mind. Free instrumental music downloads with binaural beats, ambient drone, and white noise. Read More , today’s Cool Websites and App has you covered with 5 free resources for sounds that will help calm you down so you can get things done – or even just relax. Let’s get started.

CalmSounds (Web, MP3s for sale): Simple Collection of Relaxing Sounds

Sometimes you just want to hear waves crash against the shore, or the sound of a forest on a sunny day. If you can’t afford a beach-side office, or a cabin in the woods for writing, CalmSounds.com is worth checking out.

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There are six main audio tracks to pick from, and a few videos including Niagara Falls (somehow without the sound of tourists in the mix). The site offers MP3 downloads of all tracks if you’d like to listen offline, but you can just as easily open up your web browser whenever you need to relax.

Nature Sounds Map (Web): Free Nature Sounds from All over the World

We live in an incredibly diverse planet, and much of the world has unique soundscapes. Whether you want to experience something new, or feel nostalgic for sounds from a previous time in your life, Nature Sounds Map is a great way to explore nature sounds from around the world. Just click any point on the map to hear sounds from the corresponding area.

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You can create a playlist of sounds to hear, or just take some time to explore natural sounds from all over the world.

Noisli (Web, Chrome): Mix and Match Sounds

Want more control over your soundscape? We’ve talked before about how Noisli offers an excellent selection of background sounds Block Out Distractions With This Excellent Selection Of Background Sounds Block Out Distractions With This Excellent Selection Of Background Sounds Can't focus? Studies show that the right amount of background noise can increase creativity, and web app Noisli lets you mix and match several sound sources. Read More , and their new Chrome extension means you don’t need to keep a tab open in the background to use it.

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Create your own mixes, then quickly start them from Chrome’s extension bar. There’s even a built-in Pomodoro timer to help you manage your time better How To Use LEGOs To Manage Your Time Better How To Use LEGOs To Manage Your Time Better I think I've found the ultimate productivity tool: LEGOs. Don't leave! Let me explain. Read More .

If you’re not a Chrome user you’re not left out – just head to Noisli.com – but know that the extension is nicer in some ways.

A Soft Murmor (Web, Android): Another Site For Mixing Nature Sounds and White Noise

This one is similar to Noisli in many ways, with a minimalist web interface that lets you mix in as many sounds as you like, but a few of the sounds are pretty different. I recommend combining crickets with fire.

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Unlike Noisli, A Soft Murmor offers an Android app – a big plus for anyone who wants to relax on the go.

If you’re an Apple user who prefers native apps, check out Noizio, a similar service that offers an iPhone app and a Mac desktop app.

Listen To Wikipedia (Web): Relaxing Sounds Prompted By Every Wikipedia Edit

It doesn’t sound peaceful: hearing a sound every time someone makes an edit to Wikipedia. Turn this site on for a while, though, and you’ll find it strangely soothing.

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The sounds chosen are no small part of this, but maybe just as soothing (to me) is the idea of Wikipedia itself. Here’s a massive open source project Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More that anyone on earth can participate in, and for the most part it runs smoothly. People are constantly creating accounts, making edits, and overall making this site more useful – to the benefit of humanity. And with this website open, you can literally hear this happening, in real time. Give it a shot.

Which Natural Sounds Relax You?

We’ve shown you how to discover the sounds of nature on YouTube Discover The Sound Of Nature On YouTube Discover The Sound Of Nature On YouTube Nature is the best medicine. Natural sounds can decrease anxiety, stress, and pain. If you're listening to music on YouTube while working or doing chores, make nature sounds a part of your day too. Read More , and where to find free ambient music downloads Relax & Drone Out With Free Ambient Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Relax & Drone Out With Free Ambient Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Clear your brain with sound waves. This collection of legal free music downloads is packed with ambient drone compositions. Allow them to distract your mind from its usual noise. Read More . These sites can help you focus, or help you relax: it’s up to you.

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  1. Fiona Haliburton
    November 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I love thunderstorms when it has been very dry. I love the sound of rain and the sound of thunder

  2. allan jay monteclaro
    June 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    This is an amazing! Thank you for this post.

    • Justin Pot
      June 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  3. Eric Jay Palomar
    June 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Agree with posts about Wikipedia above.

    • Justin Pot
      June 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I'm glad you're enjoying the sounds of Wikipedia.

  4. Tomulent Slugmotron
    June 8, 2015 at 6:30 am

    The Wikipedia sounds site is sublime and incredibly creative. Thanks for this!

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I'm glad I could point something out for you!

  5. Gwyneth Jones
    June 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Great post! I like the iDream App - it has my favourite sound, a thunderstorm and a sleep timer! You can also pay to unlock a train sound, too!

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      That sounds great, I'll have to look into it.

  6. Mary Brady
    June 7, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Listen to Wikipedia is soothing. Thanks for posting this info.

    • Justin Pot
      June 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      I'm glad you find it soothing! I thought it was just me.

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