No matter the time of the year, life can be overwhelming. With the rhythm of life nowadays, it almost seems like there’s no time (or space) to rest anymore. While juggling a thousand things may be a necessity, sometimes you just need to take a minute for yourself.
Reading, painting, playing games — all of these may help you deal with daily stress, but they will also take up a lot of your time. Thankfully, there’s an alternative.
We scraped the web for the best platforms that will instantly cheer you up, help fight the stress, or kill a few minutes of your time without taking too much of your brain space. All in all, these are some of the happiest places on the web today.
Perfect for… when you feel like you have too much on your plate and there’s no escape from all the problems.
Sometimes you just need some perspective to understand that whatever is going on in your life right now is not the end of the world. There’s no better way to learn just how tiny your troubles are in comparison to the entire universe than while traveling from the sun and across hundreds of thousands of stars. A truly fantastic and an inspiring experience.
Perfect for… when you need to feel in total control.
Having one of those days when you’re not fit for anything, and it’s almost like the whole world is out to get you? What if we told you that you can control not just your life, but the weather itself! From peaceful sunshine to a raging storm, and everything depends on you and only you. It depends on the way you move your mouse to be exact, but those are just details.
Perfect for… when you’re feeling adventurous and need a literary escape.
Choosing the right book to read next is important. But sometimes diving into a literary piece that you’ve chosen by the looks of a cover could be just what you need. On the site, you can also browse through the first page of books chosen at random. No authors, no friends’ recommendations, just you and a ton of exciting literature.
Perfect for… when you need to know you’re not alone.
Everyone feels lonely, even on a crowded street, and in a room full of people. On Web of Loneliness, you’ll find those who know what it feels like. You can watch short videos, and browse through the users’ artwork — poems, pictures, and music — all dedicated to the feeling of loneliness. Feel like becoming a part of the group? You can join the platform and connect with others who feel lonely. WOL is probably the most understanding support group you can find online.
Perfect for… a meditation exercise.
Indeed, emails can wait. The Quiet Place Project is a platform with four different rooms: the quiet place, the thoughts room, the dawn room, and the comfort spot. Use The Quiet Place and 90-second relaxation exercises to calm yourself down and just breathe. You can also go to the thoughts room if you feel the need to vent or to the dawn room to get some love and cheer.
Perfect for… when you need to focus, calm down, meditate, feel peaceful, etc.
Whether you’re a relaxation guru or someone who finds it hard to stop thinking even for a minute, with A Soft Murmur you have struck gold. The site is very easy to use. You pick and mix the sources of noise, choose the right volume and voilà — you create your own recipe for better relaxation, sustained focus, or restful sleep. Good news is, A Soft Murmur is now available on both Android and iOS.
Perfect for… a short meditation break.
Doing absolutely nothing for two minutes can be harder than it sounds. But your brain (and your body) needs a break. This site encourages you to give yourself a short break and let your thoughts float along the ocean waves. No browsing, no scrolling — just sit back, relax, and listen to the waves.
Perfect for… when you need to smash something right now!
Feel like punching things? This site gives you a good alternative. It’s not just “cheaper than the real thing”, but also a lot less messy.
Perfect for… thoughtless drawing.
Silk is another universal platform that will help you train your imagination, find inspiration, and do some meditating through art. You’re in full control of your creation. Needless to say, that the platform’s stylish interface together with the colorful neon silky lines is more than pleasing to the eyes. Available on iOS.
Perfect for… expressing your emotions.
See where your mood takes you with a 3D Line that you control completely. Draw perfectly accurate little swirl or make it an angry ball of string — where your line goes is only up to you. A word of warning though, Line is a 3D game and can feel a bit like a rollercoaster. Not recommended if you suffer from motion sickness.
Perfect for… when you’re craving something cute.
Use your mouse to stretch your giraffe’s neck so that he can give kisses to other giraffes as they pass by. Is there anything cuter than spending a few minutes of your break being a giraffe’s matchmaker? Did we mention that giraffes make adorable sounds when they kiss?
Perfect for… when you need someone to talk to.
Something on your mind that you don’t feel like sharing with anyone you know? This site will assign you to a random person that you can vent to. You can also choose to be the listener to help out someone else. Chatting to strangers is completely free, although the website also offers professional counseling services for a fee.
Perfect for… free hugs!
The Nicest Place on the internet has earned its name by giving people free virtual hugs. Whenever you’re feeling down, there’s no better way to brighten your mood than by watching random people from all over the world smile at you while giving you a hug. If you feel like making someone else’s day a little better, you can record your own virtual hug and send it in.
Feeling Better Already?
Even when you’re feeling perfectly fine, it’s nice to know that there’s a place where you can go if you ever feel sad or lonely. Hopefully, one of these websites will become your armor that will help you fight the negativity of the daily routine.
For those looking for more ways to kill some time and learn something while doing so, we’ve got 10 more sites for when you’re not feeling your best.
Do you turn to the web when you’re feeling sad? What are your favorite websites to visit when you’re looking for some cheering up? Please, share your suggestions with us in the comments below!
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