What are the best resources for relaxing?

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    #1Stress Management Expert Blog

    Stress Management Expert Blog
    A blog by Mayo Clinic on Stress Management, containing in-depth articles, expert answers and multimedia resources.
    Websites

    Free

    James Warren
    Written on January 21, 2017
    "I think this is a great source of information on how to manage stress in your life. My life has been rough lately, and I use this all the time for distractions, and ways to pull myself out. It has been wonderful in helping me to find a variety of ways to look and think about the things around me. Some images would be great, but don't be afraid from the chucks of text, just pick one and start reading. It was worth it to me, it will be worth it to you."
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    #2Mindful

    Mindful
    Complete web resource on mindfulness explaining how to practice it and the benefits you can gain from this practice.
    Websites

    Free

    Judy Torres
    Written on August 8, 2017
    "I don't feel this is a very good tool on how to practice mindfulness. This website is pretty much all basic stuff that anyone can do, and anyone probably already knows how to do. It tells such basic information and doesn't tell me anything new that I can't see myself ever using this service. "
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    #3Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life

    Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
    A book by Jon Kabat-Zinn, available in Kindle, paperback, audio and CD format, about mindfulness meditation.
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    Paul Cox
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "I was able to relax and put into practice techniques within the first chapter of this amazing book. I am having a better time and my life has become a lot less stressful and a lot more calmer. I highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to unwind more with your stressful life."
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    #4Relaxing music Spotify playlist

    Relaxing music Spotify playlist
    Relaxing music is a Spotify playlist composed of instrumental, nature sounds and ambient music, the perfect solution to calm down, relax, meditate and sleep.
    Websites

    Free

    Chirag Pawar
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "First of all let me say that "relaxing" music is in the eye of the beholder. But Spotify has to have the strongest selection out there. Some ambient or natural albums focus my attention way too much to use as background study music. But one I liked in the Browse category was a 2017 release "Unwind with Ambient but there are a boatload of others. Spotify rules."
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    #5Stress-relief yoga class - 10 minutes

    Stress-relief yoga class - 10 minutes
    A 10-minute stress-relief yoga class, ideal for quick relaxing and calming yoga session.
    Videos

    Free

    Gabriel Caballero
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "I really liked this video to release stress and relax. I have done yoga for many years so this 10 minute routine is right up my alley. It may be hard for some who have never done yoga since some of the moves involves a lot of balance, strength, and flexibility. I can see how if you are unable to do the moves you may get even more stressed at attempting them and failing. The music in the background and scenery also helps create a relaxing retreat from the daily stresses of life. "
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    #65 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation

    5 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxation
    5 Minute Escapes is a mobile app offering guided visualization and relaxation tecniques, with calming music and inspiring sound effects.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jack Garza
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "I have a horrible work commute that involves a lot of traffic and bad drivers. I usually end up getting to work and getting home in a bad mood from it. My friend suggested this meditation app and it is amazing. They are just 5 minutes each, so it doesn't take up the whole commute time, but it is the perfect amount to feel relaxed before work or when I get home. There is music as well as visualization and relaxation techniques, like imagining calm places, that helped me focus on other things. I liked how there were 3 different options, so I didn't get bored with any of them."
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    #7Get ZENd

    Get ZENd
    Get ZENd is a mobile app featuring guided exercises to relax, meditate, fall asleep... in few words to bring a new state of mind.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Louis Fuller
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "This app was easy to use but I was only able to do a few of the meditations before it wanted me to upgrade to the paid version. I liked the music they used but I found the on screen instructions to be a bit distracting, since I'm used to meditating with my eyes closed. I would have liked if the instructions were spoken in a soothing voice over the music instead. "
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    #8Deep Breathing Exercises

    Deep Breathing Exercises
    Deep Breathing Exercises is an explainatory video by Meghan Livingstone on 3 easy deep breathing exercises.
    Videos

    Free

    Eugene Ellis
    Written on February 24, 2017
    "I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety and stress lately. A friend recommended that I try out this video. After watching this I now can take some time to myself and relax. These deep breathing exercises help me take the focus off of my worries and center myself. I would recommend this video to anyone that is experiencing stress in their lives."
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    #9Breathing exercise for stress

    Breathing exercise for stress
    This article and video will guide you through breathing techniques with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety and panic. Follow the intructions!
    Course

    Free

    William Gordon
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "I've tried different relaxation techniques tons of times because I tend to have high stress levels. Breathing doesn't work for me as well as some others, probably, but if I'm not TOO stressed it does work. In a full blown panic attack, it's difficult to stop and concentrate on your breathing."
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    #10PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip

    PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip
    Mobile app for Android and iOS based on the ancient principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness practice, and a unique patent-pending approach.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Mark Weber
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "PAUSE is a silly app. I fail to understand what clicking on and focusing on a pixelated color blob has to do with relaxation. The app claims to be based on a Tai Chi practice, but I fail to see to correlation. I'm surprised anyone would waste $1.99 on this app. "
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    #11Essentials of Managing Stress

    Essentials of Managing Stress
    Textbook with a meditation CD included, Essentials Of Managing Stress is available from Amazon in paperback format.
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    Jonathan Wong
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "As a student and full-time employee, I often find myself needing to connect to friends and family using social networking. One could argue I have a screen addiction, as I am always on my phone or computer. It is rare I take time for myself and therefore I struggle to relax. This book taught me a variety of ways to take time for myself and to be able to focus more on my inner self. Through using breathing techniques in the book, I was able to help myself relax more and spend less time on things such as my phone or computer. The book also helps identify where stress stems from, focusing on the sociology of stress."
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    #12Relaxing yoga class - 20 minutes

    Relaxing yoga class - 20 minutes
    This video offers a 20-minute yoga class aiming at reducing anxiety and stress along with making enjoy the wellness gained from Yoga practice.
    Videos

    Free

    Bryan Munoz
    Written on August 13, 2017
    "I personally would not recommend this YouTube for a Relaxing yoga class as a good resource for relaxing. While the instructor is nice to look at, she does not give detailed instructions on how to properly take each specific yoga pose. I threw out my back trying some of the poses she poorly demonstrated in her video, which means I have another medical bill incoming to resolve the issue. Watching this video has caused me stress not helped me relax."
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    #13Monument Valley

    Monument Valley
    Monument Valley is a beautiful puzzle game. Guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry.
    Games

    Amazon, Android, iOS

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    Bryan Pearson
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "Monument Valley is a beautiful game that lets you guide a princess through a beautiful and surreal fantasy world. It is probably very relaxing. However, some people may not find games relaxing, and may prefer other options like a meditation or guided relations, soft music, or something less engaging and more mundane like a coloring book app."
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    #14Relaxing classical music

    Relaxing classical music
    Relaxing classical music is a Spotify 5-hour playlist including the most relaxing classical pieces.
    Websites

    Free

    Joe Jacobs
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I love using Spotify to listen to classical music! Nothing is better than coming home from a long day of work, and relaxing to some of the greatest pieces of classical music ever. All the music I could ever want is in this one place and for free too! The Relaxing classical music playlist is my favorite thing on Spotify and helps get me through even my toughest days!"
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    #15ZekPro Anti-Anxiety 360 Spinner

    ZekPro Anti-Anxiety 360 Spinner

    The Official Anti-Anxiety 360 Spinner with Ebook [Titanium Alloy] helps focusing and spins over 4 Min - Fidget Toys [3D Figit] for kids stress reduce ADHD anxiety steel bearing (Black & Blue).

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    Gloria Rose
    Written on September 24, 2017
    "I love this spinner! It says it's a toy for kids but it's actually a great stress reliever for adults as well. The spinning helps reduce my anxiety while also mindlessly passing time, which makes it a good product."
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    #16Kapalbhati breathing technique

    Kapalbhati breathing technique
    Online video tutorial by Acharya Shree Yogeesh on Kapalbhati, an ancient yogic breathing technique.
    Videos

    Free

    George Carlson
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Kapalbhati is a very simple breathing technique that helps clear your head and lets you think and brings forth a form of rebirth as far as your energy and self awareness goes. It's very soothing and relaxing."
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    #17The Sleep Talk guided meditation

    The Sleep Talk guided meditation
    The Sleep Talk is a downloadable audio file by Jason Stephenson, including a 60-minute guided meditation.
    Websites

    Free

    Vicente Vásquez
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "I have been struggling for a long time with my anxiety. Relaxing was difficult until I used the Sleep Talk guided meditation. Instead of using it for sleep, I just used it at random points in the day to help me when my anxiety spiked. In no time at all, I would be more relaxed than before. I didn't even have to worry about falling asleep afterward!"
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    #18The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback

    The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback
    A book -available in digital, paperback or Kindle format- about the clinical use of biofeedback together with mindfulness techniques.
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    Joshua Castro
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "The book is an excellent resource for those looking for a method to relief stress. I tried the mindfulness techniques in the book and they have changed the way I approached daily stress. IT has given me a release mechanism when dealing with stressful situations. I highly recommend it to everyone."
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    #19Eufloria HD

    Eufloria HD
    Eufloria HD is a real-time strategy game developed by Alex May, Rudolf Kremers, and Brian Grainger in 2012. Formerly known as Dyson, this game was based on the hypothesis that a tree can grow on a comet. 
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Tyler Harper
    Written on June 14, 2017
    "Eufloria is a fun game that can help you relax and take your mind of things. It uses many different colors and patterns which are very soothing. Everyone that played it has a good word about the game."
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    #20Visualization Technique

    Visualization Technique
    An article explaining the visualization techniques and its benefits, accompanied by an audio file.
    Course

    Free

    Mary King
    Written on August 1, 2017
    "I keep stressing out over a minor car accident I was recently involved in. My therapist encouraged me to check out this site. I don't think there is enough support to do something like this over the web. I couldn't stop intrusive thoughts from completely derailing. This site was just not for me."
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    #21Mermaker Fidget Spinner

    Mermaker Fidget Spinner

    Mermaker Fidget Spinner is a toy for relieving ADHD, anxiety, boredom, ADHD, Autism, Staying Awake and other attention disorder issues, like nail biting, smoking, leg shaking, etc. Tri-Spinner Fidget Toy smooth surface finish Ultra durable. Non-3D printed.

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    Yu Cai
    Written on September 24, 2017
    "I bought this for my daughter's birthday and she absolutely loves it. I like to play with it by myself or with her because it is a fun and relaxing distraction for both a 12 year old and her mom. It keeps her from biting her nails as well. The Mermaker Fidget Spinner was a hit at a recent party that I threw. It really livened things up!"
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    #22The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

    The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise
    The exercise promising to make you fall asleep in just 60 seconds.
    Course

    Free

    Russell Day
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "I had been having months of insomnia. I lay down, but my brain wouldn't shut off. I was too wound up from a stressful day. Then I found out about the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. After some practice, soon I was able to fall asleep within a minute of completing the exercise. Insomnia is no longer a problem."
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    #23Pranayama breath-control technique

    Pranayama breath-control technique
    Online video tutorial by Ventuno Yoga Youtube channel on a breath-control technique called Pranayama. This video offers 3 effective Pranayamas.
    Videos

    Free

    Roy Owens
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I looking for breathing techniques for relaxation, when I stumbled on this Pranayama breath-control technique video on YouTube. My main complaint is that they tried to cram in three separate techniques in a three-minute video, which did not provide any real insight of how to perform the techniques."
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    #24List of essential oils

    List of essential oils
    List of essential oils for aromatherapy among which you can choose the one that better fits your needs by discovering properties and benefits.
    Websites

    Free

    Joe Matthews
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "This list of essential oils really helped me pin-point all the different remedies I could be using for everyday stresses. Not only does it list the individual properties of each oil, but it also goes into full detail on all the health benefits!"
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    #25International Living

    International Living
    International Living has been helping people retire overseas for more than 30 years. It is totally geared around helping people live better - for less - overseas.
    Websites

    Free- Various subscripion models are available

    Sean Liang
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "This site rates as average to me. It appears to be topical, but two downsides: it seems a bit clickbaity in tone and it has annoying pop up ads. I hate pop up ads."
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    #26Noizio

    Noizio
    Noizio is the minimalistic background sound equalizer for Mac OS X, that will increase your working productivity or ability to relax.
    Software

    Mac

    $4.99

    Peter Ward
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "If you're looking for a sound equalizer that does not require headphones and you have a Mac, then Noizio is what you're looking for. Adjustable for different kinds of noise and it can generate calming background sounds for a pleasant evening. It's in the Apple store and has a great price."
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    #27Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones

    The QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling are headphones completely immersive to focus on your music, relax or disconnect from the world.

    Electronics

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    Eduardo Espinoza
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "These Bose headphones have excellent sound quality, for earbuds, but I am not sure if they are the best solution for those having problems relaxing. If your problem is being caused by excessive ambient noise, you might find them to be a good solution, as they offer good noise reduction features relative to their size. There just might be other lifestyle changes that would be more effective in terms of actually helping you to relax. Another thing to note is that they are fairly expensive."
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    #28Metal Tri Fidget Spinner

    Metal Tri Fidget Spinner

    Premium Metal Fidget Spinner made of Steel by Light & Smart. EDC toy with hybrid ceramic bearing and long spin time. Metal Tri Spinner for relieving ADHD, Anxiety, Boredom, etc. If you are looking to help you relieve stress, relaxed and just killing time or simply relax – Metal Tri Fidget Spinner is the perfect gift for you.

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    Judy Ryan
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "My daughter has social anxiety and has for some time. I can shop with her up to a certain point, but when she become overloaded, she shuts down. She does not like to go out to our car and wait for me, either. I bought one of these spinners on a whim. She took it with us, and it was interesting to see how much she played with it, seeing as she is almost out of her teens. I do notice a difference in how long she will stay with me now that she uses the spinner. Does it relax her? I think it does. Her face does not show nearly the amount of stress that it used to. It is nice not to feel like I have to rush when I shop so much. "
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    #29Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist platformer in which users will have to successfully guide different types of rectangles with different jumping skills to the end of every level. The game features a mix of puzzle and platform gameplay.

    Games

    Android, Windows, iOS

    $4.99

    Wei Zhang
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "helped me find something to relax with. good fun"
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    #30Anxiety Stop, panic attack aid

    Anxiety Stop, panic attack aid

    If you need some help with relaxing, this app provides you with different breathing exercises that will allow you to improve your breathing technique. It's especially recommended for people with anxiety, but also for people with high levels of stress. 

    Apps

    Other Platform

    $1.99

    Parakram Rangan
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "This app will help you relax, but it seems like it's suited for someone who needs it for anxiety. Could this be directly related to relaxing? Perhaps. But it seems like a niche, and requires money to see it. I wouldn't advise going for this."
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    #31Stress Management and Dealing with Addiction Triggers

    Stress Management and Dealing with Addiction Triggers

    Stress Management and Dealing with Addiction Triggers is an article published in the Fight Addiction Now! website. It is an article that gives recovery and relaxing tips against stress and anxiety.

    Articles

    Free

    Nicole Clarke
    Written on August 28, 2018
    "Exercise can help individuals who have difficulty with stress management by allowing them to have a natural and healthy output. Meditation can also teach others how to cope with anxiety and depression. These are important tips for someone who may be prone to turning to self-medicating with illicit substances as a way to cope with their stress, oftentimes leading to dangerous addictions."
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    #32Konmari.com

    Konmari.com

    Konmari.com is the official Marie Kondo website, the best selling author, and lifestyle expert.  On this site, you can find courses, seminaries, how to buy her popular books and many more.

    Websites

    Free

    Roy Spencer
    Written on December 30, 2017
    "I have always had a hard time decluttering my home. I have even moved unpacked boxes from previous moves so it is from experience that I recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up from Marie Kondo. You may not believe a well organized closet or dresser drawer can help you relax but I say a pile of dishtowels stored vertically create bliss."
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    #33[CHANNEL] JadoreVanessa

    [CHANNEL] JadoreVanessa

    JadoreVanessa is the YouTube channel of Australian Vanessa Barthelmes who is an aerial instructor, flexibility coach, and blogger. In this channel, you will find videos of her teaching and showing you yoga poses, exercises, and how to relax.

    Videos

    Free

    The Socialite Media
    Written on May 31, 2019
    "I like guided meditation and yoga to relax. Sewing also does wonders for me because it is like a moving meditation. Check out Jadore Vanessa on Youtube. She has lots of guided meditations and yoga videos."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for relaxing
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Stress Management Expert BlogWebsites 58 Free
2MindfulWebsites 51 Free
3Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday lifeBooks 45 Paid
4Relaxing music Spotify playlistWebsites 43 Free
5Stress-relief yoga class - 10 minutesVideos 42 Free
65 Minute Escapes - Guided meditation & relaxationApps 41 Free
7Get ZENdApps 38 Free
8Deep Breathing ExercisesVideos 37 Free
9Breathing exercise for stressCourse 36 Free
10PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertipApps 35 Free
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