4 Insanely Calming Ways to Pass the Time

If you’re stuck at your desk and overwhelmed, here are four ways to help you get through the day.

Having a long, anxiety-provoking day? Feeling bombarded by posts on your Facebook feed? Switch tabs to one (or all) of these soothing posts.

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These Animals Having a Snow Day

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Photo by Michelle Valberg/Getty Images

When the Oregon Zoo received over a foot of snow in early January 2017, the animals were treated to a snow day. Watch this adorable video for a welcome dose of cuteness. We bet this elephant could never forget how much fun he had that day.

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A Simple Way to De-Stress (in Under 2 Minutes)

Having trouble breathing? Try our Real Simple-approved guided breathing exercise from Margaret Townsend, a certified breathwork and Hakomi practitioner in the Portland, Oregon, area.

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The Quartz Playlist of Music Scientifically Proven to Soothe

Can’t get away with watching something at your desk? Pop your ear buds in and listen to Quartz’s playlist of soothing music and calming ambient sounds. Most of the included tracks are more than an hour long, so it’s guaranteed to get you through the workday. Some sounds will work as a lullaby for a much needed nap once you get home.



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The Magic Button

If all else fails, press this magic button. You might need to wait a little bit with this one, but you’ll close your window with a new sense of assurance. Feel free to press as much as you’d like.