Alternatives and Distractions
Take a few minutes, relax and become calm:
http://www.calm.com – Take a few minutes and listen. Become calm.
http://thequietplaceproject.com/thequietplace - A 90 second relaxation exercise that you can do anytime you feel the need to.
http://thequietplaceproject.com/thethoughtsroom - A place where you can go to unwind and release your thoughts, never worrying about whether you will be judged. (Only works on computer)
http://www.get.gg/music/FirstAidPanicF.mp3 - Listen to someone calming (female voice).
http://moodlight.org/#4 – Colorful mood lighting with different presets.
http://www.calmsound.com – Stream sounds from nature.
http://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php - Unique noise machines that can be played online.
http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/rainNoiseGenerator.php - A natural rain noise generator so you can hear the sound of rain without the wet feel.
http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/fireNoiseGenerator.php - Log fire crackling noise generator where you can hear the sound of fire, without worrying about the burn.
http://noisli.com - Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment for relaxing.
http://thisissand.com - A unique playground for creating and sharing amazing sandscapes.
http://thecolourclock.co.uk/ - Watch a clock that translates time onto the hexadecimal color scale in real time. Hours are mapped to the red channels, minutes to green and seconds to blue, with a measure that cycles from black to white over 24 hours.
http://infinite-sunset.com - An online sunset that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere.
If you feel unloved, visit the site below:
http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/ - You can receive a hug here and share one, if you’d like.
Love to learn? Search the wealth of all these compiled websites knowledge.
http://dp.la/ - Digital Public Library of America
http://www.ted.com/topics - Over 1900 talks to choose from on just about every topic. This is a huge collection for curious minds.
http://www.ted.com/playlists - Playlists ranging from science and medicine, art and design, to self help.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - Find out how stuff works.
http://www.wolframalpha.com/ - Brings broad, deep, expert level knowledge to everyone, everywhere.
https://coursera.org/ - Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ - Learn anything for free. Requires an email to sign up.
http://academicearth.org/ - Access a collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities.
https://www.edx.org/ - Interactive online classes from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations.
http://uopeople.edu/ - The first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university dedicated to higher education.
http://www.oeconsortium.org/ - Open educational resources, open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning.
https://www.futurelearn.com/ - The best free online courses in the world.
http://cnx.org/ - Free educational content organized into textbook style books.
http://unplugthetv.com/ - Watch educational and mind opening videos.
For an archive – http://unplugthetv.com/archive
https://archive.org/ - Universal access to all knowledge.
For an archive - http://archive.org/web
http://minutelabs.io/ - A grab bag of text, images, audio, video, interactive simulations, and games. Simply put, cool science shown through a combination of different media.
https://www.zooniverse.org/ - The Zooniverse is home to the Internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.
http://www.refdesk.com/factency.html - Lists of encyclopedias.
http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table - An interactive periodic table of elements
http://www.worldometers.info/ - Real time world statistics about world population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy, and health.
http://www.quotery.com/ - An encyclopedia of wit and wisdom.
http://www.forvo.com/ - A guide where all the words in the world are pronounced by native speakers.
If you want to read online, try http://www.onread.com/. You can download and read free e-books on this website and all the books are available in several versions.
http://www.planetebook.com/ - Download 80+ free ebooks of famous classic literature.
http://www.poemhunter.com/ - Poems from different poets from all around the world.
http://writeahaiku.com/ - This tool can help you create your own haiku poems. Start typing and watch your haiku grow. Remember (5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third).
http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/activities?page=1 – You can browse by topic and explore different activities ranging from optical illusions and human anatomy to the arts and space exploration.
http://www.spreeder.com/ - A free online speed reading software designed to improve your reading speed and comprehension.
http://www.instructables.com/index - This website specializes in user created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects.
http://www.biodigital.com/ - An interactive way to understand health and the human body. Requires an email to sign up.
http://www.duolingo.com/ - Learn a language for free, forever. Sign up is optional but useful if you want to save your progress.
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home - Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.
http://www.openculture.com/ - Free cultural and educational media on the web.
http://www.scholarpedia.org/ - A peer reviewed, open access encyclopedia.
http://www.memrise.com/ - Learning powered by the imagination. Sign up is free.
Express your creativity through music and art:
http://www.beatlab.com/ - Make beats. It’s fun and quick, with no learning curve. Once you’re finished, save your track and share it.
http://www.patatap.com/ - This is a fun portable sound kit that turns your browser into a musical animation. The best part is that it’s controlled easily by your keyboard.
http://highc.org/ - This is a graphical music creation tool. All you need to do now is draw your music. Make music composition as simple and direct as sketching. If you’re interested, you can download it here: http://highc.org/download.html
http://labs.dinahmoe.com/plink/ - A multiplayer music experience where you can create music in real time. With just a few clicks, you can be in a jam session with people around the world.
http://www.incredibox.com/ - Express your musicality. Create and record your music quickly and easily by running a band of beatboxers. Then share your mix.
http://eng.musicshake.com/create/ - Be entertained with this fun and quick way to create your own song in very little time.
http://mmodm.co/ - A massive multiplayer online drum machine.
http://www.musictheory.net/lessons - You can learn about the basics, rhythm and meter, scales and key signatures, intervals and types of chords. Also available are a variety of exercises (such as identifying notes and chords) and tools that will make learning an instrument easier.
http://lab.andre-michelle.com/ - It’s an archive of laboratory music experiments.
http://www.lullatone.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/raindrop.swf - Create music with a raindrop melody maker.
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4nBDL4/blog.soulwire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/tonfall-sequencer.swf/ - Experimental particle based audio sequencer.
http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html - An algorithmically generated, readability adjusted scatter plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1371 genres by The Echo Nest. Click anything to hear an example of what it sounds like or click the » on a genre to see a map of its artists.
For anyone who wants to try a little more of a sophisticated music making program, try these links:
http://www.audiotool.com/app - A powerful online music production studio right in your browser. Sign up is free.
http://soundation.com/studio - It’s a web based sequencer application with loops, effects, and virtual instruments.
If you are interested in learning to play piano, http://www.pianonanny.com/ and http://www.zebrakeys.com/lessons both offer free lessons with various levels of difficulty.
If you are interested in learning to play guitar, go to http://www.justinguitar.com/ - you will find over 800 completely free lessons.
http://weavesilk.com/ - Create beautiful flowing works of art with this interactive website.
http://paint.psykopaint.com/ - Create paintings from photos. Upload your own picture, try one of theirs, or start painting from scratch.
http://www.heromachine.com/heromachine-2-5-character-portrait-creator/ - Unlock your inner artist and create professional looking illustrations.
http://www.ctrlpaint.com/ - Teach yourself digital painting for free.
http://zigzagphilosophy.com/ - Take a minute to look at the pretty colors. Move your mouse around, admire the shower of colors cascading from your cursor and relax. Enjoy the light show.
http://rhizopods.com/ - Upload your boring old 2D images and transform them instantly into 3D magic then: sculpt, animate, clone and play with your new-born Rhizopod in real-time.
http://manetas.com/pollock/ - A full screen canvas to paint on (move mouse to paint, use space bar to erase, click again for a random color).
http://wildflower.resn.co.nz/ - Create and share a virtual flower. Every one is beautiful and no two are alike. Watch in amazement as your Wildflower blooms before your very eyes. Create as many as you like. Share the love now.
http://mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/ - A simple drawing tool with a special set of brushes.
http://www.crowdpainter.com/#splash – An interactive robot that can paint with a brush on canvas. It will paint anything that you instruct it to. When no one is giving it instructions, it will paint on its own.
http://queeky.com/app - Many drawing tools that you can use for free to make art online on this site.
http://bomomo.com/ - Create colorful abstract images.
http://www.benettonplay.com/toys/flipbookdeluxe/guest.php - Make your own flipbook. If you want more than 100 frames, all you need to do is sign up - it’s free.
If you want to learn how to make origami, go to: http://howset.com/cat/how-to-make-origami/#.VLoHnivF or http://www.origami-make.com/index.php - You will find instructions on making all different types of origami, from a step by step beginner’s walkthrough to more advance lessons.
http://www.endlessmural.com/ - An interactive collaborative art website where you can experiment, play and draw. When you’re happy with what you have created, submit your composition to the endless mural and become a part of this global collaboration.
A Little Mix of Everything:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/auroramax/ - Watch a live feed of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
http://herraizsoto.com/works/2009/labuat/soytuaire/ - Paint a song (make sure your sound is turned up).
http://anasomnia.com/ - A generative art project that emulates how we dream.
http://htwins.net/scale2/lang.html - See the scale of the universe.
http://lookingatsomething.com/ - Control your own rainstorm.
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/5U36sP/www.zefrank.com/dtoy_vs_byokal/ - Build your own kaleidoscope.
http://stars.chromeexperiments.com/ - Interactive 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood (only for Google Chrome).
http://www.airpano.com/ - High resolution spherical panorama shots from a bird’s eye view.
http://www.pogo.com/ - You have to register for a free account to play.
http://www.crossword-puzzles.co.uk/ - Crossword puzzles of all kinds, including: American, cryptic, educational, and themed. Also offers a crossword puzzle software, crossword dictionaries, and other word games.
http://www.websudoku.com/ - An unlimited amount of free Sudoku puzzles to play online in your web browser.
http://justwordsearch.com/ - A free web site where you can play and create word search puzzles right in your web browser. No sign-up is required.
www.freerice.com - For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.
https://drawception.com - "The Social Picture Telephone Game" - it combines drawing with the classic telephone game. As a phrase is drawn and described by players it changes in unexpected ways. Join the fun and register to play (it's free).
http://tagpro-pi.koalabeast.com/ - Play capture the flag in your browser.
http://rhinoxsis.homestead.com/zfcurveball.html - 3D Ping Pong
http://color.method.ac/ - A unique and fun color matching game.
http://twinbeard.com/140_futilitris - A tetris like game that you can play in your browser.
http://en.akinator.com/ - A fun web genie that can guess characters by asking questions.
http://www.neopets.com/ - A virtual pet website enjoyed all ages, “Neopets” is a playground where visitors can create accounts, own virtual pets, and buy virtual items using virtual currencies.
http://www.sploder.com/free-game-creator.php - Create your own free game(s) online – choose from retro 8-bit arcade games, platformer flash games, physics puzzle maker games, 3d space adventures games and classic shooter games.
https://habitrpg.com - A video game to help you improve real life habits. It "gamifies" your life by turning all your tasks (habits and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up in life, your character starts backsliding in the game.
https://www.superbetter.com/ - This game could help you feel better by increasing your personal resilience.
http://www.playr.org/games - Free old school flash gaming action online.
http://www.pica-pic.com/ - Digitalized collection of handheld electronic games.
http://www.frequency.com/ - Watch the internet with this free video service. It turns the best websites and social media sites into video channels, gathering all the videos you love in real time. http://www.frequency.com/guide/featured/channels are the most featured channels.
http://secondlife.com/ - The largest ever 3D virtual world created entirely by its users. Signing up is easy and membership is free.
http://a-way-to-go.com/ - An impressive online experience that combines interactive 3D video, animation, illustration and (if you have a headset), virtual reality. (Only works in Google Chrome web browser)
http://hypem.com/ - Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. There is a set of 840 blogs to look through, and if a post contains some kind of media (like mp3 links or others), you can easily preview the songs and buy them on Amazon or iTunes if you wanted to.
http://www.geocaching.com/play - A real world treasure hunting adventure near you.
http://mixlr.com/ - This is a site where you can create and personalize your own live audio stream and broadcast to the world with just one click.
http://wherecoolthingshappen.com/ - Daily inspiration of cool things to make you smile.
http://writing.galaxyzoo.org/ - Create your own message in real galaxies.
http://alephz.com/ - Alephz goal is to raise questions and let you think about it for yourself before presenting other people’s opinion – it’s your infinite food for thought.
http://turbulence.org/soundtransit/ - SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography (search for sounds or book a transit).
http://www.tunefind.com/ - Find music from TV and movies.
http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#/page/indexes/global-peace-index - An online portal for peace research, news and initiatives around the world. The website houses interactive global peace maps that bring complex indices to life.
https://www.windyty.com/ - Worldwide animated weather maps (wind, temperature, pressure, clouds, humidity).
http://giphy.com/ - Search, share, and discover new GIFs.
http://recordsetter.com/explore - Explore categories of people everywhere breaking records.
http://yourworldoftext.com/home - An infinite grid of text editable by any visitor. The changes made by other people appear on your screen as they happen. Everyone starts in the same place, but you can scroll through the world using your mouse.
http://walloftext.co/ - Consider this a real time tool for collaborative note-taking on an infinite canvas of text. Sign up is optional but a good idea if you would like to claim a wall as your own, customize things further, and lock down your privacy settings.
http://yttm.tv/ - For anyone who is a YouTube enthusiast, you can travel through time and see the highlight reel of the best videos that have ever been uploaded.
http://macaulaylibrary.org/ - The world’s largest library of wildlife sounds and videos.
http://switchzoo.com/zoo.htm - Make your own animal.
http://www.barcinski-jeanjean.com/entries/line3d/ - Control a 3D line.
http://prescottfoland.co/hexshifter/ - Create hex values by shifting the individual hex placement values to create new colors as a whole.
http://hereistoday.com/ - An interactive timeline that will put your day in perspective.
http://blankonblank.org/ - A nonprofit content studio dedicated to uncovering, preserving and reimagining the American interview.
http://www.futureme.org/ - Write a letter to your future self.
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/ - An index of online museums and image archives.
http://peoplemov.in/ - A visualization of human migration patterns worldwide.
http://fontstruct.com/ - Create your own font.
http://fontspace.com/ - Browse and download a huge collection of free fonts.
https://geoguessr.com/ - Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world and let’s you try to guess where you are.
http://www.whosampled.com/ - Discover music through samples, cover songs, and remixes.
http://www.happydaric.com/lite-brite/index.html - It’s virtual lite brite and you can play with it in your browser.
http://planetmaker.wthr.us/# - Make your own planet (only works in Google Chrome).
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/assets/swf/1/mapping-the-brain/mapping-the-brain.html - See inside the human brain by using some of the same techniques neuroscientists use – from MRIs to PET scans.
http://gruntle.me/ - Look at pictures of cute animals and smile.
http://tcrf.net/The_Cutting_Room_Floor - Dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games.
http://kinecdysis.sougwen.com/ - Create your own note in a cool font.
http://virtual-bubblewrap.com/popnow.shtml - Relax and pop bubble wrap.
http://www.drawastickman.com/ - Interactive stickman adventure.
Inspiration and Blogging:
http://www.weheartit.com – Your home for inspiring images and the people who heart them. Discover, collect, and share beautiful pictures every day.
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/ - Uplifting news, inspirational stories, feel good pictures and upbeat videos so you can live, laugh and love always.
http://hooplaha.com/ - A digital startup that offers a daily dose of feel-good news and inspirational stories. It showcases everyday people, charities, animals and more. This site will help you live life with a smile as much as possible.
http://zidilife.com/ - A life action brand and social community with a purpose. This website aims to liberate you from the daily grind and inspire you through cool stories and shared experiences.
https://www.pinterest.com/ - A visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.
http://thankfulworld.com/ - The largest online gratitude journal – join in now and share your thanks with the world (you can remain anonymous if you wish).
http://clicktogive.com/ - Give to charity for free. It’s quick, easy, and simple. All you need to do is select which great cause you would like to help from the menu and start clicking.
www.vi.sualize.us - Bookmark the pictures you like around the web and enjoy people’s favorites. Join for free.
http://qvotr.com/ - It's like Pinterest, except for words. Save and share quotes from around the web with a single click.
http://1000awesomethings.com/ - A countdown of life’s little joys.
http://www.givesmehope.com/top - Stories to give you hope and inspire you.
https://www.tumblr.com - A social networking site and a blog. Tumblr lets you share anything, effortlessly. You can post text, photos, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop or email, easily. You can customize everything.
http://cowbird.com/ - A public library of the human experience. Search stories by a particular theme, date or place. Or start your own multimedia diary. Sign up required (becoming a member is free). Paid option available, as well.
http://greatergood.com/%20/t%20_blank – An online community with real power to change the world.
http://www.kindspring.org/ - This site is a global movement of kindness that believes that even the smallest acts can change the world. Let’s all cultivate goodness.
http://www.awakin.org/read/ - Offers thought provoking passages that are full of wisdom from famous thinkers, writers or philosophers.
https://www.stumbleupon.com/ - Easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the Web.
http://moodstream.gettyimages.com/ - Any mood can take you places, so let this brainstorming tool be the one to inspire you and help you be creative.
The perfect music for any moment:
(Most of these sites are personalized online radio stations that requires no download, unless otherwise stated. But all of them allow you to sign up - it’s free - and it gives you the chance to enjoy the service they are offering a little more!)
https://www.spotify.com/ - Digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs. Discover new music now based on what you’re already listening to. Your next favorite song is waiting. (Download required)
http://8tracks.com/ - An internet radio and social networking website that streams user-curated playlists consisting of at least 8 tracks. This site is known for having refreshingly “human playlists.”
http://www.stereomood.com/index.php - A free music streaming service that plays music tailored to your mood and daily activities. This is a tool to create playlists for every occasion, with the ability to tag and share music with everyone you know.
http://www.jango.com/ - Online music streaming service that allows users to create and share custom radio stations. Users choose artists to stream, and the station plays music from similar artists.
http://pandora.com/music/top-stations - Pandora is free personalized internet radio. Simply enter a favorite artist, track, comedian or genre, and Pandora will create a station that plays their music and more like it.
http://viddyjam.com/ - Think of ViddyJam as Pandora, but for YouTube music videos instead of just audio. Play continuous music videos based on your musical tastes.
http://grooveshark.com/ - This site is an online music streaming service that has a search engine and a recommendation application. Users can stream and upload music that can be played immediately or added to a playlist that can be shared with others.
http://www.last.fm/ - This site recommends new music by using a system called “Audioscrobbler” that builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste. It records details of the tracks the user listens to, either from Internet radio stations, or the user's computer or many portable music devices.
http://www.rdio.com/ - A social jukebox with over 30 million songs to discover, play, and share. Play the songs, albums, and playlists you want, when you want - or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs.
http://www.live365.com/new/index.live - An online radio network offering broadcast services and radio programming.
http://www.slacker.com/ - Listen anytime, anywhere, for free. Always have access to the world's best music and entertainment. Subscribe and enjoy a commercial-free experience with deep customization, offline listening and on-demand access to millions of songs and albums.
http://www.aupeo.com/ - Personal radio that you can directly influence. Discover new music easily.
www.chillingvibes.com/ - An online chillstep radio, combining relaxing tracks with beautiful photos.
http://magictransistor.com/radio - An online transistor radio that plays lost classics, rarities, and standout tracks from the history of recorded music. Turn up the volume, and hit the tuning knob to change stations.
If you are anxious now, you can try breathing in sync with this geometric animation. Remember to inhale deeply and exhale slowly.
Or, maybe just try focusing on this animation and practice deep breathing - breathe in for a full 3 seconds and breathe out for a full 3 seconds.