Unwind by Surfing – Blogs That Help You De-stress

By: Edmund Wang

For hardworking office drones out there, the hours spent relentlessly grinding data and mechanically replying countless emails require some sort of diversion.

After all, substantial research and studies have been carried out to support the seemingly counter-intuitive notion that short breaks increase workers’ productivity, which can and should be given the stamp of approval by your superiors!

Instead of staring idly into your smartphone trying to conquer the next level of Candy Crush or tinkering with your fantasy football team, here are some great websites to unwind with during your precious downtime.

Thoughtcatalog.com
This minimalistic site will bring your mind on a metaphorical road trip and invoke deep contemplative thoughts in the very recesses of your mind. It’s brimming with a treasure trove of good reads, such as “26 Things I learned During My First Year of Real Employment”, which are bound to bring fresh perspectives to age-old anecdotes concerning the workplace.

Fresh, diverse and yet strangely close to heart, Thoughtcatalog is a place where you can stew in your own thoughts.

8tracks.com
Hey there aspiring DJs! 8tracks.com allows creative individuals like yourself to create your own playlist and share it with your peers on the Internet. Time to give your tried and tested tunes a wakeup call, or better still, why not try your luck at mixing and sharing your own jam?

As an Internet radio and social networking website where you can effortlessly stream user-compiled playlists, you’ll find a plethora of intricate mixes ranging from blood-pumping indie raps, to psyche you up for that big project you’re working on, to old school sing-a-longs as a pick-me-up after a long day in the office.

Thetravelnetwork.tumblr.com
You may be a wage slave imprisoned in the office, but this blog is your gateway to a feast for your eyes. The Travel Network carefully curates a wonderful ensemble of travel blogs, featuring a host of beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the cubicle.

Our personal favourite would be barefoot-traveller.tumblr.com. What’s there not to like about a cute globetrotting Swedish girl who writes beautiful prose about her travels to go with her breathtaking photographs?

Society6.com
American actress Bo Derek once said, “Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.”

Society6.com isn’t just your run-of-the-mill blogshop. This virtual marketplace allows artists from every corner of the world to display their wares, which include beautifully designed laptop skins, quirky iPhone covers and avant garde tees. Aspiring freelance artists and graphic designers (including you!) can submit their designs and may even make a buck or two!

What other websites do you visit to de-stress at work? Share with us in the comment box below!

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