In our always-on world, we sometimes need a break from all the tech that surrounds us. It’s ironic, but some of the best ways to melt away stress, relax, escape, play, or muscle your brain can to be found by using these wonderful little apps and websites.
Take a break from your everyday routine and learn to do something fun with apps like these:
Yousician– Learn to play your favorite guitar, bass, piano and ukulele songs.
Parkour & Freerunning World – Free parkour freerunning video tutorials. Not for everyone!
Looking for something a little more philosophical? There’s an app (or a website) for that too:
Greatist– A place to read dozens of articles to help you become healthier and happier
ZenHabits– A soothing, minimalist space offering productivity advice, with a focus on psychology
How about nourishing your brain with something other than work? Here are some tasty ideas:
InstaNerd– Read a never-ending series of random factoids, such as the fact that Winston Churchill’s mother was the inventor of the Manhattan cocktail.
Brain Pump– Watch a random educational video and find out what color a mirror is.
Zidbits– This huge collection of articles on fun and unusual (mostly scientific) topics will tell you why your ears sometimes ring, why your stomach growls, and whether a diamond really is forever.
Big Think– This is the place to visit for videos by experts like Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Of course, learning how to be less self-conscious and more extroverted is always a plus:
Improve Your Social Skills– Written by a man with Asperger’s, who says: “I decided to learn social skills deliberately, like a foreign language…And I got better – a lot better”. So you can too.
Mind Tools– A vast mine of free tools and videos for improving career, management and communications skills.
But perhaps the best way to escape is to really reset your brain. Try one of these:
Silk – An interactive art program where you just click and drag to create electric, psychedelic designs. Perfect when you need to erase your brain like an Etch-a-Sketch.
headspace – Billed as a “gym membership for the mind,” Headspace makes meditation approachable no matter your level of experience.
CALM – An immersive virtual outdoor experience, with many choices of scenery and sounds, to escape your private concrete jungle and decompress.