Anyone who knows me, knows that I am quite driven when online. I like to kept abreast of the news, what is going on with social media; catching up with friends; writing blog posts; reading opinion pieces from writers I enjoy.
The thing is with all of that is that too much of it can mash up your head and fill it with too much information at once.
It is important, especially for me, to remember that there are normal, fun things on the internet and relaxing things to do that have nothing to do with reading all the latest news bulletins and wanting to bang your head against a wall.
Here are the things I do online to have fun and relax:
I confess. I am a bit of an addict to online makeup tutorials. I don't put much of them into practice to be honest as I do not have the skills or all the fancy brushes and brands to recreate the looks; but I love watching the videos.
Also, funny animal videos. You have to love them and find me one person who does not relax when watching a cute dog doing something funny in a video.
Listening to Music
While I am a complete 90s dance woman, when I want to relax, my go to music is piano based classical music; preferably from new artists that I have not heard before. They can take my mood from stressed and overcome, to a mood of absolute calm and tranquility.
I highly recommend checking out Soundcloud for finding new artists. For a personal recommendation, I particularly love IIya Beshevli who is a 23 year old pianist and composer from Siberia. His piece Fairytale Castle is just magical.
I cannot play games on my phone. After getting to a great level on Candy Crush and subsequently going back to level one again when I changed my phone, I am done with the game. Done. It literally crushed me. I also don't understand the thrill of finding mythical creatures when I walking to various destinations. I want to reach my destination, not be surrounded by Pidgeys and Ratatas.
For me, I love retro games and low level betting on formula one races and the outcomes of various events like the US presidential election. I enjoy sites like Boomtown for online gaming and old classic games like Crypt Raider.
It may also help that a lot of those kind of games also have cheat sites which tell you what to do if you get really stuck. I am looking for relaxation after all! Shush! Don't tell anybody!
What are your online relaxation go tos?